Robert Green has hit out at West Ham today, saying that he doesn’t feel valued by the Londoners. In an interview with the Sun, he is reported to have said:
“No matter what the figures are in the workplace in terms of wages, you either feel a valued member of your staff or you don’t. At the moment, I don’t and clearly West Ham don’t care about me.
“If you put the strongest West Ham XI out, I’d be the lowest earner by a long, long way. I do not even want to be close to the top earner at the club – I don’t care about that. I would just like some parity.
“Generally, the situation here leaves a question mark whether the club are rewarding success and you end up questioning yourself and questioning your future”.
However West Ham have issued the following statement via CEO Scott Duxbury:
“Less than a year ago, Robert Green entered into a five-year contract with West Ham United. The club were delighted to recognise his status as our No1 goalkeeper and rewarded him with this long-term deal.
“At the time the player entered into the new contract, he requested a mechanism to review the terms in summer 2009. This was and remains the appropriate time to review. We value Robert Green highly, that is why we gave him a five-year contract less than 12 months ago. We have no intention of selling him and do not propose to comment on this further”.
So in other words, “shut up”.
Well don’t worry Greeno, we all still love you – and Glenn Roeder’s on the look-out for a ‘keeper so who knows what might happen if you play your cards right? 😉