Infamous West Ham flop Julien Faubert discusses his love for club and ill-fated Upton Park spell

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The Frenchman suffered with injury problems at Upton Park.

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. Despite a decent season after returning from a shock 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 Sky Sports this week about his time at West Ham and insists he still has a soft spot for the club, despite his troubles in London:

"It was my dream to play in the Premier League so when I arrived I was really motivated.

"The pain (from the Achilles rupture) was crazy but mentally as well it was like a punch in the head."The club was really kind to me and helped me to come back."

"They (West Ham) didn't push me, they didn't put me under pressure. To be honest West Ham is just an amazing club in England. In France, the people don't know that club like English people. I think that's why I had some problems with the national team. But I really love that club."

The Martinique international, who also scored on his one and only international cap with France in 2006, is currently keeping fit by training with Spanish third-tier side L'Hospitalet and admitted in the interview that he was open to returning to the English game if the right offer came up.

Unfortunately it is likely his experience at West Ham will not open many a door in the English game.

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