West Ham United captain Mark Noble has revealed he’s aiming to end his career with the East London side and has admitted he doesn’t see himself representing any other side, as quoted by the club’s official website.
With over 400 appearances for the Hammers and becoming club-captain last summer, boyhood West Ham fan Mark Noble is living the dream at the London Stadium and doesn’t want to see the fairytale end anytime soon.
Noble, who turns 30 in May, has spent the entirety of his career on the books at West Ham and wants to stay for the remainder of his career- as he aims surpassing what Steven Gerrard did, as the Liverpool legend spent the twilight years of his career with LA Galaxy.
However, Noble is under no illusions that it will be a huge challenge to remain at West Ham for the rest of his career, particularly with the Hammers eyeing success in the coming years after a difficult debut season at the Olympic Stadium.
Speaking to West Ham’s official website, Noble discussed his future and said:
‘To me, looking at myself at the age of nearly 30, I’ve still got a contract until I’m 33 and thinking about playing for another football club would be funny – I think Steven Gerrard said that as well,’
‘Walking around the place, I know all the coaches at Under-7, Under-8 and Under-9 level, sometimes I go and watch the youngsters train and I feel like I’ve been there and done it myself, coming up through the ranks with the Club.’
‘I’ve managed to captain this fantastic Club, which is something very few players get to do, captaining the club they support, so it’s a major honour for me. I don’t think I’ll appreciate it fully since I stop playing,’
‘I would like to finish my career here, that’s what I’ve always thought. I can’t see myself playing for another football team, but football is such a changing world so you can’t ever tell what’s going to happen next season,’
Will he end his career with West Ham?
With a contract that will run until Noble is 33, the ball is certainly in the skipper’s court when it comes to his future. However, Noble himself may eye a move in the coming years if first-team opportunities start to decrease.
There’s been few signs to suggest that this will occur imminently though as Noble has been a key-part of Slaven Bilic’s side this season, starting 23 of West Ham’s 25 Premier League matches this term as the Hammers have fought their way back from a woeful first-half of the campaign.
If his performance levels start to dip though, things could change in an instant but, at this stage, it’s difficult to envisage Noble wearing a jersey that isn’t claret and blue.