West Ham United forward Mauro Zarate has revealed why he joined the club in the summer transfer window.
The Argentine moved to the Hammers on a three-year contract from Velez Sarsfield.
It was somewhat of a surprise move as not many had expected Zarate to return to English football following his first spell with Birmingham City in 2008.
Once rated as a highly promises player with some even comparing him to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Zarate’s career has not turned out as originally expected.
However, following the 27-year-old's impressive performances for Velez last season, West Ham made him an offer in the summer which he gleefully accepted.
“I am really enjoying my time at West Ham, it is great to be back in the Premier League as it is the best league in the world,” Zarate wrote on the club’s official website. “It has the best teams and every player wants to come to England.
“My time at Birmingham was fantastic. It was sad because we got relegated but playing here was a fantastic experience. I've played in several different leagues in my career.
“Serie A is very different to the Premier League. Here, it is much faster, you have to control the ball immediately otherwise you lose it. In Italy it is more tactical.
“When I heard West Ham were interested in me I jumped at the chance. I am 27 years old, and thought I might not get another opportunity.”
Zarate’s time at West Ham so far has not been that great. The former Lazio star has struggled with injuries, and there were also suggestions that he could be sold in the January transfer window (click here to read more).
However, as of now, Zarate remains an important player in Sam Allardyce’s team. Having regained full fitness and scoring twice in five Premier League appearances, the Argentine will now be looking to push on for a regular place in the first team.