West Ham's Sam Byram explains why it was time to leave Leeds in January

Sam Byram's Premier League aspiration meant the had to leave Leeds United - even though he knows they are a 'massive club'.

West Ham United defender Sam Byram has told The Telegraph that it was time to leave Leeds United because he wants to be a Premier League star.

Byram, 22, joined Leeds way back in 2005, and came up through the clubs's ranks, making his first-team debut in August 2012.

The right back, who can also play on the right of midfield, racked up almost 150 appearances for Leeds, scoring ten goals before his move to West Ham in January.

Long tipped to play in the Premier League, Byram joined West Ham - the club his family support - having entered into the final six months of his contract at Elland Road, which forced Leeds to sell and allow the full back to realise his Premier League dream.

Now, Byram has spoken to The Telegraph about his big move to West Ham, and was asked about why he chose to leave Elland Road.

Byram admitted that Leeds are still a 'huge club', but having seen a number of young players thrive in the Premier League, he knew that he had to take his chance now and make the step up before he turns 23, citing that January was the right time to leave Elland Road after ten years with the club.

"It’s a huge club with a massive fan-base," said Byram. "You see it every away day with the number of fans they take. The training ground, the stadium, everything about it is a big club."

"But I am 23 this year. You see young players getting their chance in the Premier League and that is my dream also and I was given the chance to come and fight for a place at West Ham and it was something that I could not turn down. It was definitely the right time for me to move," he added.

With Carl Jenkinson set to return to Arsenal in the summer, Byram looks set to be West Ham's first choice right back for years to come, and he will have every chance to become a Premier League star as the Hammers prepare to move into the Olympic Stadium.

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