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West Ham ace Kouyate explains why he was delighted at Tottenham Hotspur losing

West Ham ace was happy for old side Anderlecht.

Cheikhou Kouyate appears to be hitting all the right notes as a West Ham player.

After being instrumental in helping the Hammers defeat Chelsea at the weekend, the midfielder has now been telling the press why he was pleased to see Tottenham lose.

The reason? He still holds a strong affinity for former club Anderlecht, who defeated Tottenham 2-1 in the Europa League on Thursday.

After West Ham's win over Chelsea on Saturday, he flew to Belgium to see Anderlecht take on Club Brugges.

Anderlecht won the game 3-1, and Kouyate told DHNet.be that seeing them beat Spurs was crucial to their follow-up success.

He said: "The match against Tottenham boosted Anderlecht."

Kouyate mixed with fans and posed for photos upon his return to Belgium, coming back to a hero's welcome. As his performances at West Ham have shown, it is not surprising he is held in such high regard.

Anderlecht how now won three straight games in all competitions and sit in third in the Jupiler Pro League table, two points off the top.

It could have been very different for Kouyate. The Mail reported on deadline day how Tottenham had a £15 million bid for his services swiftly rejected by West Ham, and could even have lined up against his old team.

Kouyate: "Le match contre Tottenham a boosté... by dh_be

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