According to the Evening Standard, Angelo Ogbonna has once again expressed his strong desire to continue his tenure at West Ham beyond the summer. Despite his contract at the London Stadium expiring at the end of this month, the 35-year-old defender has not yet reached an agreement for a new deal with the club. However, Ogbonna has been vocal about his intentions to extend his stay.
Ogbonna played a significant role in West Ham’s final stretch of the Premier League season, featuring in five of their last six matches. He also played a crucial part in the team’s journey to the Europa Conference League final, where they will face Fiorentina in Prague on Wednesday night. This final marks West Ham’s first European final in 47 years, and winning the trophy would secure their place in next season’s Europa League.
As the focus shifts to the club’s transfer plans, it is widely anticipated that captain Declan Rice may depart, with Arsenal, Bayern Munich, and Manchester United all considering substantial moves for the midfielder. While Rice has expressed his interest in joining a team in the Champions League, Ogbonna has communicated his desire to West Ham to sign a new contract, reaffirming his commitment to the club eight years after initially joining.
He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “My desire has always been to stay,”
“The club is aware of it and we’re talking about it. We’re just waiting for the end of the season to define things.
“I look forward to staying, and West Ham know the respect I have for the club and the fans and all I’ve given over the years we’ve been together.”