The 30-year-old attacking midfielder signed a new two-year deal with Sam Allardyce’s men in mid-March, as reported on by the Express, and he has told London24 why he agreed the new contract.
“It was good to sign because I like England and English football,” the Frenchman said. “The Premier League is the best I think and I wanted to stay and try to improve my game again.
“I feel happy here, my family do too and I want to learn better English. London is a very nice place and in my head it was that reason that I decided to sign a new deal.”
Having spent last season on loan at Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, Amalfitano swapped the Midlands for London on a permanent transfer at the beginning of the season, and has impressed for the Hammers.
He earned his contract despite making just 23 appearances, with only 10 starts, but he has shown himself to be a fantastic big-game player, having netted in victories over both Liverpool and Manchester City - undoubtedly their best performances of the season.
Despite only having a bit-part impact for much of the campaign, the 30-year-old is a classy player who would probably have been a key figure in Allardyce’s team any other season, with some impressive strength currently possessed by the Hammers. They have done well to secure him to a contract for the next two seasons, with him undoubtedly good enough to play for many other Premier League sides, and Amalfitano could prove himself a valuable member of the Irons’ squad in the coming years.