Michael Brown believes Mark Noble won’t be “too worried” as speculation mounts over his West Ham future.
The former Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insisted the 33-year-old will be concentrating solely on his football.
Football Insider revealed last Monday that the Hammers have no plans to offer Noble a new deal despite a Sun report that claimed he had agreed a fresh two-year deal.
The midfielder is under contract with the club where he’s spent his entire career until the Summer of 2021.
Brown believes that whatever happens, Noble will still be considered a “West Ham legend”.
He told Football Insider: “I think he’s been an unbelievable servant for West Ham and this is just what happens now. When you get to that age you just take it one year at a time, that’s normal.
“I don’t think Mark Noble will be too worried, he’ll just get on and play his football. If he can go on and do a further year after that it’ll be great.
“If it comes to the point where ultimately West Ham get better players then he’ll decide whether to call it a day or continue his career.
“He might want to carry on playing. He loves playing football as we know, he’ll still be a West Ham legend.”
Noble has started 32 of the club’s 38 top-flight matches, including seven of their nine games since the restart.
West Ham manager David Moyes admitted it was harder to save the Hammers this season than last time he came to the rescue.
After securing a 16th placed finish, he told the Newham Recorder: “I think it felt tougher this time, I also think the teams at the bottom made it much more competitive as you can see there were three teams going for it today [Sunday].”
In other West Ham news, Frank McAvennie tells David Moyes to bin “wonderful talent” after big development.
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