Lucas Cueto has no regrets after turning down West Ham to finish his studies

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The young winger impressed West Ham United back in 2012.

St. Gallen winger Lucas Cueto has been speaking to Swiss newspaper Blick about his decision to turn down a two-year contract with West Ham United back in 2012.

The teenager had been spotted by Hammers scouts when he was on the books at German club Cologne and he quickly started playing for West Ham’s under-18s, impressing to such a degree that he was offered the chance to stay in London for the next two years.

However, Cueto made the decision to continue with his studies in Germany, a choice he does not regret despite West Ham’s rise up the Premier League table this season.

Speaking to Blick, the left winger said, “At 16, I played in the under-18 team. It was a brilliant experience.”

And in regards to the contract offer from England, he said, “I would have to leave school, but I wanted to keep studying.”

It is a refreshing comment from a young footballer who later signed for Swiss club St. Gallen, where he made his first-team debut this week in a 2-0 victory against Grasshoppers.

Had he opted to remain in London things would have been very different and he may have joined the likes of Reece Oxford and Martin Samuelsen in becoming the next generation of West Ham stars. But as it is he is plying his trade in Switzerland, and with a good education behind him and a sensible head on his shoulders, he could yet end up in England further down the line.

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