Scott Parker shares how he feels about West Ham leaving Upton Park

West Ham will move into the Olympic Stadium this summer.

Former West Ham United captain Scott Parker has told the club's official website that the club are leaving something special behind in Upton Park.

Parker, 35, is currently winding down the latter stages of his career with Fulham, but he may be best known for his time with West Ham United.

The tireless midfielder played for Charlton Athletic, Chelsea and Newcastle United before joining West Ham back in 2007, and he went on to make over 125 appearances for the club before leaving for London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in 2011, shortly after West Ham's relegation to the Championship.

Hammers fans were willing to ignore his decision to join Spurs though, as he put blood, sweat and tears into his time with West Ham, wearing the captain's armband with pride throughout his career in claret and blue.

That all came at Upton Park, and West Ham are leaving their historical home this summer in order to move to the 54,000-seater Olympic Stadium.

There will be plenty of emotion spilled out at Upton Park as West Ham fans cross home games off the fixture list, but the move to the Olympic Stadium is seen as a gigantic step for the Hammers, as they look to become one of the main powers in English football.

Speaking to the West Ham official website, former captain Parker says that the Hammers are leaving something special behind, but thinks the Olympic Stadium will be 'fantastic' for the club in the long-term.

"Every club, with the way football is going, has to move on," said Parker. "The new Stadium will be amazing and take West Ham to a different level. Of course you're leaving behind something special, and in terms of Upton Park, especially under the lights when it was rocking there was no better place to play, and when the fans are behind you, it was very hard to play against West Ham. I have seen it from both sides, but football moves on and the Olympic Stadium will be fantastic," he added.

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