Song explains why he didn't go to Dubai with West Ham's first team

West Ham United midfielder Alex Song has explained why he didn't travel to Dubai with the rest of his teammates.

West Ham United midfielder Alex Song has told the club’s website why he wasn’t part of the first team’s trip to Dubai.

Song stayed behind to train with the Development Squad while the rest of Sam Allardyce’s first team squad headed off for a bit of warm weather training ahead of their next Premier League game against Arsenal.

“Yes, I think it was really good for me to work on my fitness and stay here to work. I feel I needed to work because I didn’t have a proper pre-season,” said Song.

“When I was playing, I was feeling a little tightness in my muscles and that’s why I asked the Gaffer if I could stay.”

Song is a vital player for West Ham because of his quality in terms of controlling the pace and tempo of games in the middle.

He’s an aggressive player who can break up the opposition play effectively and he’ll be vital for the club as they compete for a top eight position in the Premier League.

His fitness is vital to his form and it’s encouraging for the Hammers that he took it upon himself to stay behind and put in the hard work to improve the problems he feels he has physically.

He has a great incentive to impress the boss in training over the rest of the week because of the club’s next opponents.

Song’s history having played for Arsenal before his move to Barcelona, the club that owns him, means he has a point to prove this weekend and Allardyce can use that to West Ham’s advantage.

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