Sky Sports delivers update on future of Antonio amid quit reports
By Russell Edge
Michail Antonio has not been offered a £70,000-a-week contract by West Ham but has no intentions of leaving the club, according to Sky Sports.
The broadcaster claims on their website that they have been told by Antonio’s representatives that he would sign a new deal if it was worth £70,000-a-week.
Sky report a source from the Antonio camp as saying the contract on the table was “well below that value” but insist this has not driven him to force a move from the club.
The Times claimed last week that the 27-year-old had expressed a desire to depart the club this summer over a contract dispute, with the report suggesting he was frustrated at being offered a deal worth less than that of Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass.
However, his representatives claim the value of the contract to be untrue, and maintain that Antonio will remain at the Olympic Stadium despite contract talks stalling.
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The sources told Sky Sports News: “Antonio has categorically not been offered a £70,000-a-week contract thereby has never rejected a contract.
“Antonio will be going nowhere. He’s a valued member of Slaven [Bilic’s] side.”
The midfielder is currently committed to West Ham until 2020 after signing a new contract in the summer of 2016, on a deal worth £35,000-a-week according to the report in the Times.
His representatives said that if a worthwhile deal was offered to Antonio he would be happy to sign it, but would not be committing to the club until such a deal is made.
“If the club were to offer a deal in that region I am sure it would be signed but the offer was well below that value,” they told Sky Sports News HQ.
“If it’s not a good enough offer for him then he will have to stay on what he’s on.”
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