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Vladimir Coufal considered West Ham exit in January

West Ham defender Vladimir Coufal wanted to leave the club in the January window this year, according to The Athletic.

The 31-year-old full-back has become a key player for David Moyes this season, and he is currently the club’s main provider ahead of James Ward-Prowse and Mohammed Kudus.

The right-back was struggling for games last season, and at one point it felt like he could be offloaded.

He dropped down the pecking order behind Thilo Keherer and Ben Johnson and explored the possibility of leaving following interest from German club Bayern Leverkusen.

However, a phone call from David Moyes persuaded him to stay, and he has returned to his best form once again.

Remarkable turnaround

Coufal has registered four assists in eight Premier League starts this season.

He is the most in-form player for the Hammers this season, having registered an assist in each of his last four games, which not many Premier League players have done in their career.

Coufal has a contract until 2024 and the Hammers have an option to extend the deal for another year. His impression performances have kept Johnson on the bench.

The versatile defender has yet to play in the Premier League, and there are suggestions that he could be offloaded.

This has been a remarkable turnaround for the Czech Republic defender. He bagged only one assist in 38 games last season.

Coufal recorded seven assists in all competitions for the Hammers in 2020/21, the most he has managed in a season, but chances are high that he can break that personal record.

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