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Faubert: I should have stayed at West Ham

Filed: Thursday, 14th January 2016
By: Staff Writer

Former Hammer Julien Faubert has claimed in an interview that he wishes he'd stayed at West Ham for the rest of his career.

The once-capped French international cost West Ham £6.1million when signing from Bordeaux - whose fans dubbed him 'Le TGV' as a result of his pace - in July 2007, but endured an up-and-down career at the club, mostly as a result of both protracted and minor injuries.

After 103 starts for West Ham, Faubert left for Turkish club Elazıgspor in 2012 before subsequently returning to former club Bordeaux a year later. However in an interview with Sky Sports, he admits that he wished he could have seen out his career with the Hammers.

"West Ham is a part of my life now, and when I go back to Upton Park it feels like home," he said. "I spent a really good time there with crazy, special fans.

"If I could have finished my career at West Ham, I would have done. I don't know exactly what happened when I left. I had an agent who told me they had offered me something, but I never saw the offer. In the end I had to find something else.

"West Ham is just an amazing club in England. In France, the people don't know that club like English people do. I think that's why I had some problems with the national team - but I really love that club."

Faubert spent five years at West Ham before leaving for Turkey. Pic: KUMB Archives.

Still only 32, Faubert - who is currently training with L'Hospitalet, a third-tier Spanish club based in Catelonia - believes he has several seasons still in the tank, although his sights are set a little further down the football pyramid now.

"My body is ready and I have three or four years in front of me," he insisted. "At the moment I have nothing concrete, but we are in touch with some clubs in the Championship.

"I hope it's going to happen. I think everybody knows I like English football. I had one year in the Championship and I enjoyed it a lot, because the tempo and the rhythm of the game is crazy. If something happens, I will be very happy."

Julien Faubert: KUMB Awards
As voted for by the readers of KUMB.com (view all previous annual polls)

2007/08: Worst Signing (third place)

2009/10: Player of the Year (runner up)

2009/10: Most Improved Player

2011/12: Most Improved Player

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