West Ham manager David Moyes is pleased with the news that Michail Antonio has agreed to sign a new contract with the club.

“It was really important to extend his contract because he had an option we had to take up before the end of January. Certainly, since lockdown, he’s become instrumental to a lot of our goals and how he’s played,” he said as per The Standard.

“I’m pleased that we got it and it’s good that the club had things in control. I’m thrilled that we’ve got Micky sorted – all we need to do now is get him fit, firing and ready to play the way he has done over recent times.”

The striker has become a vital cog in the Hammers first-team and is also a fan favourite due to his dedication to the club and his professionalism.

The 30-year-old scored ten league goals last season, and his performances towards the end of the campaign played a big role in ensuring that West Ham did not get relegated from the Premier League.

One of Antonio’s strengths is his versatility, and he is also now a key leader within the Hammers first team.

With Declan Rice’s long-term future in question, Antonio’s leadership could be especially important next season. At 30, he could potentially have another four years of first-team football left in him. 

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