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West Ham captain Noble agrees new one-year contract extension

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est Ham captain Mark Noble is set to stay at the club for another year after agreeing a contract extension in east London.

Noble’s deal was set to expire this season and while the 33-year-old has seen limited playing time as the Hammers have catapulted themselves into the European picture this term, he remains a key figure in the dressing room.

Manager David Moyes knows the importance of Noble to his side and has been full of praise for his rare performances on the pitch, but more importantly his influence off it.

Noble, meanwhile, is content with his new role – starting just three Premier League games this season – as Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek dominate the midfield he was once such a consistent part of.

The West Ham academy graduate, who has made 520 appearances for the Hammers, is keen to enjoy the end of his playing career and is also eyeing up a role behind the scenes at the London Stadium once he hangs up his boots.

“To be honest I’ve not been phased by it at all,” Noble told Standard Sport in January. “You can’t keep playing at that level. The Premier League really is a young man’s game, it is such an athletic game and I’ve been lucky enough to play in it week in, week out for 16 years. I’ve had my fair share of games.

“The manager knows this club for me is where it all began and probably where it will finish. He’s got me in the changing room so if he needs me he knows I’m here but I’m going to enjoy my last little bit of time as a West Ham player.

“Hopefully in the future I see myself being in the background at West Ham, making decisions and helping the manager and having a role that sort of way.”


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