Mexican international striker Raul Jimenez explains why he snubbed West Ham transfer in the summer

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The Mexican star decided on Benfica instead.

This summer West Ham United decided they needed to strengthen their attacking options.

With Andy Carroll still injured, Enner Valencia facing time out with an ankle problem and Diafra Sakho facing his own troubles it made perfect sense.

At one point it looked like they had got their man. Raul Jimenez.

It looked for all the world that the Mexican international would be on his way to West Ham United this summer after he was granted a work permit to play in the UK and make a switch from Atletico Madrid.

But he joined Portuguese outfit Benfica instead and this week he has been discussing his West Ham option. Talking to A Bola this week he stated:

"Benfica are a very important club that is always in the Champions League and fighting for titles, to do things well.

"They are the champion of Portugal. So it was a step forward, to have more minutes and try and brings myself goals.

"There was an offer from West Ham also had several days to think about the two options and in the end chose Benfica because I felt it was the club that could give me what I needed. It's the best club in Portugal and can help me a lot to continue to improve and grow as a footballer "

He mentions the Champions League and at the time the rumour was European football swayed his decision. As the West Ham deal was being finalised the London side were dumped out of the Europa League by Romanian outfit Astra Giurgiu.

However West Ham have coped well without him and Jimenez has mustered just the one goal in 12 appearances for the Lisbon side. Perhaps it worked out for the best that he did not head to Upton Park.

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