West Ham hero Ricardo Vaz Te confirms he is signing for Akhisar Belediyespor on Twitter

Roberto Carlos

The Portuguese forward has cancelled his contract with The Hammers by mutual consent.

This morning West Ham United confirmed that Ricardo Vaz Te had left the club after cancelling his contract by mutual consent.

In quotes on the official West Ham website the Portuguese forward stated:

"It has been a pleasure to be at a Club like West Ham. It was a fantastic opportunity and I am so grateful for having played here. Everything I achieved here and all my game time and my life off the pitch has been amazing."

The Portuguese attacker of course remains a club hero because of the goal he scored against Blackpool in the Championship play-off final a couple of seasons back. However this season he cannot buy a game for West Ham.

Injuries and an influx of new personnel has seen his playing time dwindle in the past 18 months and this season he has featured just four times in the Premier League.

Earlier in the week it was reported by Turkish paper Haberler that Vaz Te was on his way to obscure Turkish outfit Akhisar Belediyespor.

Now the player himself has Tweeted confirmation of that potential deal, stating:

Akhisar have some recognisable names among their ranks. Former Tottenham midfielder Didier Zokora, ex-Reading and Stoke City defender Ibrahima Sonko and Greek international Theofanis Gekas spring to mind. But none more so than their manager, Roberto Carlos.

The former Brazil left-back, who played 125 times for Selecao, took over as manager of the team at the start of the month and is moving to bring in reinforcements for the second half of the Turkish season. Akhisar currently sit 11th in the Turkish Super Lig, but are just three points off of relegation after a winless streak stretching back to the start of December.

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