Song explains decision to choose West Ham over Champions League football

Alex Song

Alex Song has revealed the reasons for his decision to join West Ham United on a season-long loan from Barcelona last month, rather than pursue Champions League football.

Alex Song has explained that the chance to be part of a ‘project’ at West Ham United was what convinced him join the London club last month on a season-long loan from Barcelona.

Song, 27, left Arsenal for Barca in the summer of 2012 in a £15 million deal, but failed to established himself in the first-team during his time with the La Liga outfit, before being deemed surplus to requirements following the arrival of new manager Luis Enrique.

The Cameroonian international was linked to the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur during the final weeks of the summer transfer window, but has now revealed that talks with West Ham manager Sam Allardyce were what swayed him to join the Hammers.

‘It was very easy,’ he said in The Sun. ‘I wanted to come back to the Premier League and when the manager spoke to me I was very happy to be part of the project.

‘Some people said, “Why don’t you go to play for a club in the Champions League?” But I played Champions League for nine years. For me it wasn’t important.

‘I’ve many years to play there again, I am confident. I want, this year, just to play for West Ham and do my best and then we’ll see what’s happening.’

Song made his West Ham debut in Monday night’s 2-2 draw at Hull City as a 61st-minute substitute, in which fellow summer arrival Enner Valencia netted a spectacular long-range strike, and the midfielder believes big things are in store for his new teammate.

‘It was an unbelievable strike but we’ve seen him do that in training and we keep telling him to keep shooting,’ he said. ‘That’s a big goal for him.

‘It is always good to get your first one and if he keeps striking them like that he’ll get a few more for us.

‘He’s got a leap on him, too. It doesn’t matter how big you are if you have that and you’re a good header of the ball.’

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