Josh Cullen shares what West Ham boss Pellegrini said before loan 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 in the summer, joining League One side Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan.

Josh Cullen of West Ham United during Training at Rush Green on August 23, 2018 in Romford, England.

Josh Cullen has told the London Evening Standard that he cannot thank Manuel Pellegrini enough for the conversation that they shared before he left West Ham on loan for the season.

Cullen is one of a number of bright youngsters looking to break through at the London Stadium. He has made three Premier League appearances for the Hammers and nine for the first-team in total.

 

But the 22-year-old was one of the players that looked set to suffer as the Irons made a number of additions to their ranks in the middle of the park over the summer. The increased competition tempted Cullen to seek a late loan move to The Valley.

However, the youngster has insisted that Pellegrini was fantastic with him when he arrived and suggested that he believes that the door on his West Ham career is not closed by any means. 

"The manager was brilliant with me. We sat down and he said he would support me whatever I wanted to do," he told the London Evening Standard.

Manuel Pellegrini manager

"I thought I needed to be playing and he agreed. I can't thank him enough for supporting me and making me feel at ease. He told me to go out, enjoy my football and improve and, hopefully, I'll return to West Ham a better player for him.

"I would love to play in that team, under Manuel and his staff. It is a good team, a big talented squad, but I know I have to keep working hard every day."

Although Cullen cannot be written off, he is perhaps coming under a bit of pressure as it is rare for academy starlets to turn themselves into important first-team players if they find themselves on the periphery by their early 20s. 

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.

There are anomalies, of course, and Cullen has a decent number of appearances for the Hammers first-team under his belt. But his spell with the Addicks could be crucial for his future prospects with his parent club. 

The good news for Cullen is that he has featured prominently for Lee Bowyer's side, so if he can continue to remain a key player for Charlton, he undoubtedly stands a better chance of proving a point to Pellegrini.

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