Filed: Thursday, 12th July 2012
By: Staff Writer
West Ham's play-off hero Ricardo Vaz Te says he is happy with life at West Ham as he prepares to return to the Premier League for the first time in nearly four years.
The last time the 25-year-old forward, who scored the winning goal against Blackpool in May's Championship play-off Final, featured in the English top flight was back in September 2008 when he played in Bolton's 2-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
And it has been more than SIX years since he last scored a Premier League goal, with his last coming on the final day of the 2005/06 season when he scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Birmingham.
And whilst he expressed his delight at being part of Sam Allardyce's latest squad, Vaz Te admitted that he still harbours ambitions to play in his home country at some stage, for the first time in his career.
"I have another two years on my contract and I’m happy at West Ham," he told a tabloid newspaper. "But if something came up I’d analyse it.
"I’ve never had the chance to play in Portugal; if I did, of course I’d sit down with people and study the offer."
Having represented his country at under 17, under 19, under 20, under 21 and under 23 level Vaz Te - who moved to West Ham from Barnsley in the last transfer window for just £500,000 - felt he had an outside chance of making the Portuguese squad for the recent Euro 2012 Finals.
That call failed to arrive despite his outstanding form at West Ham in the final few months of the 2011/12 campaign; something that RVT expressed his disappointment at. "Without devaluing the players who were called up, I think I deserved to be named," he insisted.
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by Sean Tyla
06:54PM 13th Jul 2012
''The news today was that RVT was considering his future after being refused a pay rise.''