West Ham star Diafra Sakho hopes Mark Noble plays until he’s 38 like Ryan Giggs

Teammater Diafra Sakho says Noble is an idol at the club.

West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho says he hopes captain Mark Noble plays until he’s 38, like Ryan Giggs did for Manchester United, in comments to the club’s official website.

The Hammers midfielder is set to play in his testimonial on Monday after spending the last decade at the club.

The celebration comes in the middle of arguably his finest campaign at the club as they push for the Champions League under Slaven Bilic.

Noble has been key to their fine form so far, and Sakho says he hopes his teammate plays on until he is 38 as Ryan Giggs did at Old Trafford.

“Mark Noble is West Ham’s son, and he’s an idol here,” he told whufc.com.

“People today like players to have emotion when playing for your team, and that’s what Mark has. Today Mark Noble is a very good Hammers son.

“I hope that he plays until he’s 36 or 38 like Ryan Giggs. He’s West Ham’s Ryan Giggs!”

For now, Noble will be fully focused on the near future and what West Ham can achieve this season.

His side are currently fifth in the table and just a point behind Manchester City, meaning a place in the top four is very much still up for grabs.

They also have the FA Cup to compete for, with a quarterfinal replay with Manchester United still to come as they eye that tournament as well.

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