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Contract Talks Underway for West Ham’s Unbeaten Star

West Ham Initiates Contract Talks with Vladimir Coufal Amidst Stellar Season Start

The Coufal Conundrum: A New Chapter at the London Stadium?

In the corridors of the London Stadium, the whispers are growing louder. West Ham United are in preliminary discussions to extend Vladimir Coufal’s contract, according to well-placed sources. The 31-year-old Czech international’s current agreement is set to run out at the end of the 2023-24 season. However, the Irons have a 12-month extension clause embedded in the deal, offering them some breathing room.

The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of Coufal at West Ham

Coufal’s journey at West Ham has been nothing short of a rollercoaster. After a period of uncertainty last season, where he found himself second fiddle to Thilo Kehrer, the former Slavia Prague standout has reinvigorated his career in East London. His performances in the opening fixtures of the new Premier League season have been eye-catching, to say the least. Coufal has been an ever-present figure, playing every minute of West Ham’s unbeaten start to the campaign.

The Bayer Leverkusen Connection: A Distant Memory?

Earlier this year, it was reported that Bayer Leverkusen had set their sights on the right-back. But given his resurgence and the ongoing contract talks, it appears Coufal is more likely to continue his journey with the Hammers.

The Numbers Game: Coufal’s Impact in Stats

Since his arrival in October 2020, Coufal has racked up 112 appearances for West Ham, contributing 12 assists. He was instrumental in the club’s Europa Conference League triumph last season. All this for a modest £5 million transfer fee, making him one of David Moyes’ most astute signings.

The Ben Johnson Factor: What Does the Future Hold?

While Coufal’s future is looking increasingly secure, the same can’t be said for fellow right-back Ben Johnson. Johnson has yet to feature this season and his contract is also up for renewal at the end of the campaign.

The Road Ahead: West Ham’s European Ambitions

With 10 points from their first four Premier League matches, West Ham are in fine form. The club is set to compete in the Europa League group stages, having been drawn against Olympiakos, Freiburg, and Backa Topola. It’s a busy schedule, but one that Coufal is likely to be a significant part of, especially if the new contract talks come to fruition.

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