West Brom manager Tony Pulis claims he wants Berahino to sign new contract

Saido Berahino missed two penalties on Saturday, but his manager is in full support of his striker.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has admitted that he is still hopeful that their England U21 star Saido Berahino will sign a new contract to keep him at The Hawthorns.

It is quite an extraordinary turnaround from the days when Pulis would not even consider Berahino for a starting spot, and the player himself stated he would never play for the club again.

Pulis spoke to Sky Sports News HQ and explained how he would like Berahino to stay:

"I'd like him to sign a new contract if he could, but whether we'll get that or not, we'll have to wait and see."

The former Stoke City boss went on to clarify that he hasn't discussed the matter with Baggies Chairman Jeremy Peace:

"I wouldn't second guess anything, I don't think it's right for me to second guess, but I'm sure if they do then they'll get the same response from Jeremy. It's got to be the right deal. If it's the right deal for the football club, he'll speak to the board. And he'll be the sole person who'll decide that."

Berahino has only one year remaining on his current contract, so it is a distinct possibility that a new contract would be offered only with a view to increase his market value. Much like the contract Fabian Delph signed at Aston Villa, only to leave for Manchester City shortly after.

Pulis finished off by saying how important it is that Berahino focuses on putting in good performances in the Baggies' final five games:

"I think the important thing is that Saido works hard for the remaining five games, then speak to the chairman and other clubs who are interested."

West Brom head to The Emirates tonight to take on Arsenal.



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