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Hitz set to stay?

Filed: Monday, 23rd May 2011
By: Staff Writer

Thomas Hitzlsperger is currently mulling over a new contract offer - with hopes high that the German international will stay at West Ham.

KUMB.com understands that the 29-year-old has been offered a new contract to remain with the club in the Championship next season. Hitzlsperger is one of two senior players - along with Demba Ba - to have been offered a new deal in the past few days.

Having joined the Irons in June of last year Hitzlsperger had to wait until the end of January before making his competitive debut, having been injured whilst on international duty for Germany last August.

The Munich-born midfielder is understood to be giving the contract offer serious consideration, with that recent injury very much in his mind. Having stuck by him during his long spell on the sidelines, Hitzlsperger is said to feel he owes the club at least one full season.

'Der Hammer' , as he is affectionately known moved to east London o na free transfer last summer having been released by Lazio. Since joining West Ham he has made 13 appearances in a ll competitions, scoring two goals.

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by Paul F
11:05AM 23rd May 2011
''He isnt good enough. He was never good enough for Villa (even when they were shite), wasn't good enough for Lazio and, a couple of decent early appearances apart - he hasnt been good enough for us. You need more than a good shot to be an effective central midfielder. Stamina, tackling and passing ability are also useful. Sadly, he aint got them. Time to stop fooling ourselves.

Re: Ba, a new contract offer can only be perceived negatively. It means that his old one must have a relegation escape clause (other why try to negotiate a new one now?). Given the interest in him from established PL clubs (surely Spurs will be lurking given their powder-puff forward line) why on earth would he stay? He owes us nothing, and is hardly known for his loyalty (check out his career to date).

I suppose the positive to be taken is that at least Gollivan seem to be trying.''

by Tell it how it is Charley!
09:09AM 23rd May 2011
''Come on KUMB, youīre not trying to fool as into thinking that this player has any loyalty towards the club, are you? The only thing this guy is interested in is money. If West Ham can beat any thing he can reasonably collect in the Premier League of course he is going to stay!

Hitzlspergerīs form has been less the fluent this season. You witnessed first hand yesterday what the real problems are at the club, there is simply nothing in midfield. Quite simply, lifeless.

Letīs not forget outside Serie A, La Liga and the Premier League, the Championship is Europeīs fourth biggest league (attendance wise). Notice Ba and Cole not in the team yesterday, are they telling signs? You state Kevin Keen, that part of the problem this season has been the training staff, if you cannot do that part of the job properly I donīt fancy your chances at being West Ham boss.

I think if they keep the nucleus of the side they will walk the league. But if we can even get Ģ1million for Carlton Cole, then itīs adios!''

by bob a west ham fan from ilford
08:53AM 23rd May 2011
''I didn't think we had a manager? As much as I want these players to stay, surely it should be up to the new manager to make that decision?''

by PaulN
08:52AM 23rd May 2011
''I've also read that Ba and Hitz had clauses in their contracts which let them move for free if we were relegated. If this is true then it would explain why the board are concentrating on these two first. It would be nice if they stayed but I can't see it myself as Ba has previous on refusing to play for his former clubs when he engineered a move from Hoffenheim to the Premier League and Hitz will want to play top flight football either in England or elsewhere in Europe to preserve his international career.''

by g portugal
08:43AM 23rd May 2011
''It's admirable that he feels that he owes the club something, unlike the attitude of some of his teammates. Obviously he would be a huge boost in the Championship, both on the pitch and in terms of attracting a couple of other good players to join. That said, he clearly underperformed this season and did not step up to the plate when Parker was out. You can say that perhaps even when he came back that he was not fully fit, but I think that is just an excuse; bottom line is that he did not do enough to help save us ,with the away fixture to Man City being one where he let the side down big time.

I think he could help us make a run for promotion but beyond that I am not sure how much he has to offer. First things first though, trying to get out of the Championship hellhole. If he stays, perhaps that could influence Ba to stay as well which would give us half a chance of getting promoted.''

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