£18m release clause in Ravel Morrison's West Ham contract shows belief in his ability

Ravel Morrison low quality

West Ham are preparing to release Ravel Morrison, but their original faith in his talent can't be questioned.

A report emerged this week claiming West Ham are planning on terminating the contract of Ravel Morrison.

While an incredible shame, it is not entirely unexpected, given the way he has been effectively annexed from the first team.

Morrison has recently been on loan at Cardiff, but this has ended and the club have instructed him to train with the under-21s.

The paper which ran the story, The Telegraph, also claimed that he has an expensive release clause in his contract.

"Morrison has an £18 million release clause in his West Ham contract and there was also a second clause that stated the club would have to increase his wages to £60,000-a-week if they received a £10m bid."

Clearly this won't be invoked by any team, but what it does do is speak volumes about the club's belief in the player that they set the bar so high.

Morrison still has his talent, but he is beset by a lack of application, focus, and off-field troubles. It's this combination which has the Hammers ready to wash their hands of him.

This time last year he was on the up, but a bad 2014 began when he started angling for a move amid interest from Fulham. They resisted on point of principle at the side trying to poach the attacker, but the fallout effectively has ended his career at West Ham. Now they will be wishing they cashed in for the £4 million they were offered.

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