Emotional West Ham legend Paolo Di Canio says leaving the Boleyn Ground makes him want to cry

Paolo Di Canio At Upton Park

West Ham United's decision to leave the Boleyn Ground for the Olympic Stadium has reduced club legend Paolo Di Canio to tears.

The Hammers are a quarter of the way through the last ever season at their Upton Park home of 112 years before the club moves down the road to Stratford and the fantastic 54,000 seater venue.

Olympic Park has recently dazzled onlookers and fans attending Rugby World Cup matches hosted at the stadium.

Most West Ham fans have made peace with the fact the club must move on in order to keep pace with the Premier League elite.

And while this season promises to be an emotional one as they wave goodbye to one of English football's most famous grounds, there is also an air of excitement about what the future may hold.

'West Ham will be in my heart forever'

But in an interview with West Ham's official website,  the club's fiery Italian legend Di Canio has admitted the thought of the Irons leaving the ground he calls home is all a bit too much.

"Thinking about the last season at the Boleyn Ground makes me want to cry!" an emotional Di Canio told whufc.com.

"It was an amazing period of my life, not only as a player but also as a person, I have great memories that I will keep with me for the rest of my life.

"I always hope we get the best results ever.

"I want to see the people celebrate with a cup one day soon, the fans deserve that.

"West Ham will be in my heart forever."

Move could make Di Canio's wishes come true

Di Canio's sentiments are sure to resonate with Hammers fans, most of whom will be experiencing very similar feelings.

But in making his point, Di Canio - who famously scored THAT goal against Wimbedon - has also highlighted exactly why West Ham need to move on.

While the club has made a fantastic start to the new season and sit just two points off the Premier League summit after 10 games, their realistic hopes of silverware and success come in the cups and with potential European qualification.

To challenge on those fronts consistently West Ham must increase their profile, revenue streams and status.

Olympic Stadium factor already paying off

The fact the club is moving to the Olympic Stadium is already paying off.

Key defenders Winston Reid and James Tomkins and skipper Mark Noble have all signed long-term deals with the Hammers citing the excitement around the move as a contributing factor.

And the likes of Dimitri Payet, Alex Song and Angelo Ogbonna also bought into the fact they would be playing in the last season at such a historical ground before moving to their impressive new home.

Leaving will be emotional, though, of that there is no doubt.

The ground has been graced by the likes of England World Cup winning trio Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, Billy Bonds, Sir Trevor Brooking, Julian Dicks and more recently that man Di Canio and Carlos Tevez as well as countless greats from opposing teams over the years.

So when they do depart after that final game against Swansea in May, Di Canio won't be the only one shedding a few tears.

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