Scott Parker explains why he left West Ham United for Tottenham Hotspur

The Fulham midfielder says he would have stayed at Upton Park were it not for relegation.

Fulham midfielder Scott Parker has been speaking to the West Ham United official website this week about his time at the club and the story of why he departed for rivals Tottenham Hotspur in 2011.

Parker joined The Hammers in 2011 after reasonably unsuccessful periods with both Chelsea and Newcastle United after leaving childhood club Charlton Athletic.

He went on to become special player for West Ham. He went on to be crowned Hammer of the Year on three occasions and was the Football Writer's Football of the Year in 2010-11.

Unfortunately that was his last season at West Ham - as he left for Tottenham in 2011.

The Hammers had been relegated and Parker wanted to ensure he remained in the England set-up ahead of Euro 2012.

He explained to the West Ham website that this was the reason behind his exit and, if the club had stayed up in 2011, he would have gone nowhere:

“That last year was nothing but disappointment for the team, to be relegated, no-one wanted to get relegated.

“We had many problems, one after another, but after we were relegated, there came a point in my career, where with Euro 2012 around the corner, I had to move on.”

“If we hadn't have gone down I would've stayed on, there would have been no reason for me to go, especially with the special bond me and my family enjoyed with the fans."

In the end he spent two seasons at Tottenham, but never found the same form or bond with the fans as he had at Upton Park.

Parker remains a popular figure at West Ham, despite his move to a bitter rival, and if things had been different nearly five years ago, it is easy to imagine Parker still being at the club today.

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