On Tuesday evening, Michail Antonio was standing on stage thanking his teammates after being coveted with the “Hammer of the Year” award, recognising his fantastic development on the pitch this season.
Just a couple of hours later, West Ham chairman David Gold published a tweet which seemingly delighted fans of the club.
Player of the year Michail Antonio is close to signing a new contract with West Ham United. dg pic.twitter.com/jFEd92xvNt
— David Gold (@davidgold) May 10, 2017
A new contract offer for Michail Antonio seemed inevitable after some fantastic displays during the season. The 27-year-old has been the standout player in a frankly underwhelming campaign for the Hammers.
The club have struggled to adjust to the move to the London Stadium and at one point looked like genuine relegation candidates. However, Slavan Bilic and his team have done just about enough to retain their status and now look set for a comfortable mid-table finish.
With such excellent displays, there has been rumours abound regarding the future of Antonio and whether any of the so-called “elite” clubs would come sniffing. However, Gold’s tweet seems to indicate that the England international is set to stay in East London.
West Ham fans took to social media to express their delight at the news…
— Steven Lambert (@StevenBeadle1) May 10, 2017
@davidgold I really hope Antonio does sign he's such a quality player and a real asset for West Ham. COYI.
— Joe Jobling (@Axel_Wolf1418) May 10, 2017
@davidgold let's hope so… Well deserved HOTY despite a less than stellar season overall
— Michelle Dugard (@AGxM70) May 10, 2017
@davidgold Pay him the money
— John Spencer (@Spencerjohn7) May 10, 2017
— Jack (@Jackbuchanan69) May 10, 2017
@Michailantonio No need for words of thanks, just sign the contract, that's the way 2 show appreciation! Main man, England call up, 57000 supporters a week.
— ⚒GallagherHammer⚒ (@HammersHS) May 10, 2017