West Ham United midfielder Tomas Soucek will have “a decision to make” this summer if a Champions League club replaces him, according to journalist Paul Brown.
Soucek has enjoyed a fine season for the Hammers this term, making 45 appearances in all competitions and scoring six goals.
But if those performances aren’t enough to win Champions League football at the London Stadium next season, Daily Star reporter Brown told GiveMeSport he’s likely to be given a go.
“Soucek is definitely happy at the club,” he said. “He likes the players and the manager. He enjoyed his stay there.
“If a bigger Champions League team came in his place, he would have a decision to make.”
Soucek has reportedly seen talks to extend his contract postponed until the end of the season, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2024.
It’s a dangerous game West Ham are playing, with their two current central midfield options having so far potentially entertained them about leaving.
Declan Rice’s future is uncertain and he will eventually leave the club, that’s for sure. But Soucek’s possible exit would really put a damper on their summer plans.
If the club fail to win the Europa League this season, they will go another season without Champions League football, and given the quality of the squad playing with top clubs, they will be mindful.
The Hammers don’t need the money to be able to charge whatever fees they want, but they do run the risk of having unhappy players in the squad, which will affect morale.
It will also end up affecting performance and will only make it harder to reach the Champions League in the future, so it may not just be Soucek who has a decision to make.
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