As West Ham finally see the back of Simone Zaza , there is one clear lesson to be learned from the whole sorry saga - keep to simple contracts if you want top avoid becoming trapped in the farcical situation of paying a player wages but being unable to play them in games.
As Zaza approached the magic 14 appearances it became apparent that his time had run out for fear that further action would trigger the £25million buy out clause. Crazily, the loan contact ultimately meant that he could only play 11 games before Bilic was forced to bench him - a short 'trial' for a player trying to adapt to a new league. Even though in his final three appearances Zaza looked to be finally getting the message, it was too late because of his crazy convoluted contract.
The lesson: keep it simple! However, it has emerged that his new club Valencia also have a complex contract with Zaza's parent club (Juventus) whom they have paid an initial £1.75m loan fee with an obligation to buy him at the end of the season for £15m if he makes over 10 appearances for them and they are not relegated! As they approach the half way mark and with 21 games left to play, Valencia might indeed make the drop as they are currently fourth from bottom of La Liga.
Zaza watched Valencia grab a rare win yesterday against Espanyol which will ease fears of relegation, and so perhaps he has finally found a new home after all? Either way, Hammers fans will wish him well and let's hope his latest contract doesn't perpetuate the nonsense!
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