Oxford says he always wanted Gladbach return after West Ham recall

Freiburg's forward Nils Petersen and Moenchengladbach's  English defender Reece Oxford (R) vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match between SC Freiburg...

Reece Oxford has returned to Gladbach after being recalled by West Ham in January.

Freiburg's  midfielder Janik Haberer (R) and  Moenchengladbach's English defender Reece Oxford vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match between SC...

Reece Oxford has told Borussia Monchengladbach's official website that he always wanted to return to the German outfit after being recalled by West Ham United in January.

The 19-year-old moved back to Germany on deadline day after David Moyes decided to bring the versatile defender back to the London Stadium to look at him, and whether he would be worth keeping for the second half of the season.

Moyes says in his London Evening Standard column that he decided to loan him back to Gladbach due to the Hammers' cover at central defence, which includes the likes of Jose Fonte, James Collins, Winston Reid, Declan Rice and Angelo Ogbonna.

Reece Oxford of West Ham United arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and West Ham United at the Riverside Stadium on January 21, 2017 in...

But Oxford, who was given his West Ham debut aged just 16, told his loan side's official website that he was always keen to return to Germany despite making just four appearances for the Germans before January.

"I always wanted to stay out here. I ended the first half of the season well so I wanted to come back out here and finish my loan. I want games and I want to help out this very strong team," Oxford said.

"This is one of the best teams I’ve been at. I just wanted to come back here and be a part for the remainder of the season. It’s all about getting games and minutes."

Reece Oxford of West Ham United in action during the West Ham United training session at London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on August 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tom...

West Ham also allowed fellow defender Reece Burke to move back on loan to Bolton, but decided to keep midfielder Josh Cullen at the London Stadium due to a lack of central midfield options.

Making 19 senior appearances for the Hammers, it remains to be seen if Oxford has a long-term future with the east London club despite having more than three years remaining on his London Stadium contract.

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