By Will Butcher
West Ham star Sofiane Feghouli has given West Ham fans a boost after revealing that although London does not feel like home, he’s not looking to leave the club.
Earlier this month, Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his website that Serie A giants Roma were keen on the 27-year-old winger despite him only joining the Hammers in the summer.
It was also said that the player was “strongly determined” on a move.
However, Feghouli has now told Sky Sports that he wants to remain in east London as he is beginning to enjoy life at the London Stadium since his move from La Liga giants Valencia.
“I’m not looking to leave,” Feghouli declared. “I know there is interest from two or three clubs but I have a contract with West Ham and I respect that. I want to make this club successful.
“London does not feel like home yet, but it is a great city. As a footballer, when things aren’t going well, it’s hard to feel settled. But I’m beginning to enjoy life here.”
Making his first league start against Manchester United in December, Feghouli finally opened his Premier League account by scoring the first in the Hammers’ 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
With Dimitri Payet’s future in doubt after telling Slaven Bilic that he wants to return to former side Marseille, Feghouli could be become a crucial part of the Hammers squad.
Since moving to east London, West Ham’s number seven has made 16 league and cup appearances but his form saw him overlooked for Algeria’s Africa Cup of Nations squad.
Football Insider verdict:
Feghouli’s goal against Sam Allardyce’s Palace could finally spark a turn around in form that will see the Algeria international begin to play a pivotal part in Bilic’s starting eleven. Brimming with a new-found confidence, the former Grenoble winger could now hit a run of form that Bilic will hope can coincide with the Hammers’ resurgence towards the top half of the Premier League table. Keeping him in claret and blue, then, could prove crucial to the Hammers success as Payet’s future remains uncertain, while fellow summer signing Gokhan Tore fails to provide an attacking impact since his summer loan from Turkish giants Besiktas.
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