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West Ham favourite seeking summer exit amid interest from Chelsea

West Ham midfielder Michail Antonio will reportedly look to leave the club this summer after falling out with the board

It’s been a turbulent season for West Ham.

The move to the London Stadium was meant to see the club build on one of their best ever Premier League performances last season, but in truth they’ve regressed massively.

West Ham have massively underperformed this season

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West Ham have massively underperformed this season

The Hammers are safe from relegation but have flattered to deceive all campaign long, and now it looks like ending on a sour note.

That’s because fan favourite and arguably their player of the season Michail Antonio is hoping to leave the club in the summer.

The Times are reporting that the 27-year-old has rejected a new contract after falling out with the board and disapproving of the way a hamstring injury he suffered was treated.

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Antonio, who has nine goals and three assists in the Premier League this season, has emerged as one of Slaven Bilic’s most influential players since Dimitri Payet’s acrimonious exit in January.

But it now seems the England international could be following Payet out of the club.

Premier League champions elect Chelsea have been linked with Antonio, but West Ham know they’re in a strong position to demand a hefty fee given the player still has four years left on his contract.

Antonio is attracting interest from Chelsea

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Antonio is attracting interest from Chelsea

Antonio is upset with the way the club handled his recent injury woes, particularly after he exacerbated a hamstring strain when he allowed himself to be rushed back ahead of schedule.

The injury sustianed against Leicester last month forced him to withdraw from England’s games against Germany and Lithuania, meaning he was denied his first cap.