Former West Ham winger Julien Faubert speaks about playing in Spanish fourth-tier

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The one-time French international is winding down his career in comfort.

In 2007 West Ham United looked to have snapped up a steal with the signature of French international Julien Faubert. According to the BBC he cost £6.1 million from Bordeaux in a five-year-deal and he was considered an excellent signing.

Lightning quick with serious pedigree Faubert unfortunately struggled at Upton Park. He spent most of his first season with an Achilles tendon rupture so played just seven times and despite a decent season after returning from a loan deal at Real Madrid he was eventually allowed to leave on a free transfer in 2012 - joining Turkish side Elazigspor.

Now 32-years-old he has been speaking to the Spanish press this week, which revealed where he is playing his football nowadays.

The Martinique international, who also scored on an international cap with France in 2006, is currently playing in the Spanish fourth tier with an outfit called Gava.

Speaking to AS he explained why he was playing for the lowly side:

“No offers convinced me. My wife is from Castelldefels [in Catalonia] and through a friend I spoke with the Gava Coach, who opened the doors."

Faubert appears to be enjoying his football and that is more than can be said for his time at Upton Park.

Hopefully he can continue to enjoy playing until he decides to hang up his boots for good.

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