West Ham boss David Moyes has confirmed that Divin Mubuma has rejected a contract offer, with the manager issuing a warning to the striker.
Mubuma, who has been at the club since the age of 8 years old, has worked his way into the senior team this season, with Moyes understood to have opted to keep the forward at the club rather than loan out.
West Ham have been working to get a new deal in place for Mubuma, with the club seeing a bright future ahead, however the Academy graduate has rejected the recent offer, prompting fears he could be set to exit, which would be a significant blow.
Moyes though has issued a stark warning to Mubuma, highlighting to others who have done the same but have then failed to progress as maybe they’d hoped to.
“Divin was offered a contract 12 months ago but he’s the one not agreeing to sign a contract,” said Moyes, as reported by the Evening Standard. “We really like Divin, he’s an East End boy and a West Ham supporter, a great lad, we love him to bits. I feel the best thing for Divin is to sign a contract at West Ham.
“He’s got competition in front of him but he’s only young. If I can get him more opportunities I will do. But he’s an 18-year-old centre forward and there’s not many of them playing in the Premier League.”
Moyes did not hold back on his warning to Mubuma, with the hope being he’ll re-think his current stance, and the hope will be that a deal can be reached between both parties.
“A lot of are getting impatient but the bigger problem is their agents want to take them away and get games elsewhere,” added the manager. “So many are making the wrong decisions. There’s a few boys that have left here who have made incredibly wrong decisions.
“They’re in a great environment here. We’re a football club who want to put young players in. In the main we don’t have huge squads, we’re not buying all the time.
“There’s a few who left here and made big mistakes. If they are not careful they can get bad information about what they are doing and how their career path should go.”