Josh Cullen opens up over West Ham United exit

Josh Cullen of West Ham United during a training session as part of a pre-season tour to Austria on August 1, 2018 in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

Josh Cullen left West Ham United to join Charlton Athletic on loan.

Josh Cullen of West Ham United applauds the fans after The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Shrewsbury Town and West Ham United at Montgomery Waters Meadow on January 7, 2018 in...

West Ham United midfielder Josh Cullen has told the club’s official website that Manuel Pellegrini told him he could stay at the London Stadium this summer.

Cullen ended up leaving West Ham to join Charlton Athletic on loan for the season, as he wanted game time.

But the youngster insists that he was not forced out, as Pellegrini told him that he was prepared to allow him to fight for a place.

"I needed to be playing games,” Cullen said.

“Manuel Pellegrini was very supportive of me, saying I could stay around and try to push for my opportunity. But I couldn't hold on to see how results went.”


West Ham have had problems in central midfield, but it is questionable whether Pellegrini would have turned to Cullen, even he had still been around.

Cullen has proven to be a standout performer at League One level, but at levels above that he still has a point to prove.

Josh Cullen of West Ham United battles with Ben Godfrey and Shaun Whalley of Shrewsbury Town during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between West Ham United and Shrewsbury Town...

The West Ham youngster has played just one game for Charlton since joining so far, where he helped them to a 2-1 victory over Southend United.

Cullen was also on the substitutes’ bench for West Ham in their Carabao Cup tie against AFC Wimbledon earlier in the season.

Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal takes on Josh Cullen of West Ham during the match between West Ham United U23 and Arsenal U23 at London Stadium on August 24, 2018 in London, England.

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