Alex Song explains how West Ham are similar to Barcelona

Alex Song returned to West Ham on loan on transfer deadline day.

Alex Song left Barcelona once again over the summer to return to West Ham, and he has told the Standard why the two clubs share the same feeling for a player.

The Cameroonian midfielder said: “When I went into the dressing room [at Barcelona] I didn’t know what to expect but they were laughing and joking. I didn’t expect that but Barcelona are a family club and when I came here to West Ham, it had the same feeling.

“I appreciate that humility a lot. We shared everything at Barcelona and we do the same at West Ham. You can’t buy that atmosphere — it is so important. When I arrived at West Ham the fans gave me a big welcome and I felt at home immediately.”

West Ham certainly have a reputation as something of a community club, and along with Watford, are arguably the most family-based team in the Premier League.

It is good to see a top flight team remain grounded in their local area despite the money now on offer in the division, and although the East London side are moving stadiums next summer, it is hard to imagine they will forget their history.

Song believes this feeling extends from the fans and also into the dressing room, which is how the Hammers compare with Barcelona.

Both teams possess a group of players who buy into what their club represents, and that is vitally important for the fans to continue supporting their team.

In terms of success and quality, West Ham and Barcelona may be worlds apart, but for the reputation they hold in their local community, Song believes little separates the two clubs.

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