Leaving West Ham 'only regret of my career' says Italian international

Diamanti

Alessandro Diamanti has been speaking about his decision to leave West Ham United in 2011.

The name Alessandro Diamanti should send shudders down the spine for England fans. The Italian playmaker had the honour of scoring the winning penalty against the Three Lions last summer, in the defeat to Italy at Euro 2012.

Of course he will be remembered rather differently by another section of English football fans; those of West Ham United.

No Hammer fan will deny he was not a character; the type of player synonymous with West Ham United Football Club. From scoring his first goal with a two-footed lunge from the penalty mark and his dreadlocked hair he was never short of a story or two.

He was also undoubtedly harbouring precocious talent even if it was not on full view all the time. One thing nobody could deny was his wand of a left-foot.

However when Gianfranco Zola left the club the writing appeared on the wall for Diamanti - and after just one game of the doomed 2010-11 season he left the club for Brescia.

Since then he has left for Bologna and had an excellent 2011-12 at the club that saw him into Euro 2012. He has had another great campaign in Northern Italy and that led to him being a transfer target for Italian giants Inter Milan as well as Juventus this summer.

Now Diamanti is a regular member of the Italian first-team, and rejected many big moves this summer in order to enjoy the splendours of being the star of the show at Bologna.

But he has one major regret in his career - leaving West Ham.

“I had a wonderful experience in the Premier League and would recommend it to anyone. You get to work seriously and as a professional, but you are also free to live your own life. Perhaps the only regret of my career was leaving London. Going back, I don’t know if I’d do that again...”

West Ham, who are desperately shy of goals at the moment, would certainly love him coming back to the club right now - or that he had never left.

But it seems he will never play on our shores again, even if he does regret leaving the Premier League.

It just goes to show that the grass is not always greener on the other side.

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