Alphonse Areola’s arrival at West Ham United on loan from Paris Saint-Germain in the last window had no impact on Łukasz Fabiański’s playing time this season.
The 36-year-old has started in all nine league matches, conceding 10 goals and keeping three clean sheets in the process. One among them came in the Hammers’ 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
With his contract expiring in 2022, it is not clear whether the Pole will still be at West Ham next campaign.
Meczyki have published a detailed interview with the former Arsenal man, where several topics, including his contract situation, were discussed. The goalkeeper has stressed he is open to extending his stay with David Moyes’ side.
When quizzed about the renewal talks, he said: “From what I know, there have been some initial discussions already taking place. I hope that we will come to a good solution for both sides. I do not see any reasons for it to be otherwise, since the club and I are happy with this cooperation.”
Fabiański was offered a one-year extension in May and when pressed if the negotiations are to extend it by a further 12 months, he explained: “That’s right. It’s not just West Ham’s policy that footballers of a certain age extend from season to season. This is actually a logical solution for many reasons.”
“Of course, the most important thing in all this is health and sports level. If I can manage these aspects, I see no problem in extending the contract.”
The keeper also gave an insight on the approach made by Benfica in the past. When asked if the offer from the Portuguese side was tempting, Fabiański said: “Yes, it’s true. This was after my first season at West Ham. People from Benfica contacted me directly and said they were interested in me,” .
“They wanted to talk about the details, so I redirected them to my agent. He was already in further talks, but to be honest I did not take this proposal seriously.”
“I believed in West Ham’s project all the time. I felt that we were going to grow. And I didn’t want to change the league. The Premier League is the pinnacle of a footballer’s dreams. I feel good enough that I can still play a little bit here.”