I wanted European football, says Haller

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 23rd July 2019

West Ham's latest signing Sebastien Haller has told L'Equipe that ideally he wanted to join a team that could offer him European football.

However the 25-year-old striker told the French news outlet that having assessed West Ham's offer "holistically", he decided to put pen to paper on a five-year contract.

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Haller, who moved to West Ham from Eintracht Frankfurt in an initial ?40.5million deal admitted that he had wanted to feature in either the Europa or Champions League this season - but was persuaded by West Ham's interest and determination to bring him to Stratford.

"I thought a lot about European football; I wanted it," he said. "But in a career, you have to take everything into account. You have to reason holistically. And West Ham was a real opportunity.

"[If Frankfurt had qualified for the Champions League] I don't know how I would have felt; I would have probably spent more time thinking about it.

"But it is too difficult to say today what would have happened and what would not have happened."

Haller - who described himself as "big, athletic and an attacker who wins his duels" - revealed that he was persuaded to join West Ham due to the club's limited number of strikers.

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With Javier Hernandez the only other recognised first team striker currently at the club, the fomer French Under 21 international feels he has greater opportunity for playing time.

And he also offered praise to current manager Manuel Pellegrini, who has persuaded West Ham's Board to part with enough cash since his arrival last spring to break the club's previous transfer record four times.

"He [Pellegrini] is a great manager and when a great manager tells you that he is interested in you, that's already a strong sign," he said.

"He knows me and believes that I can adapt to this club. And it is not like there are 36 strikers in the squad, which is lucky for me initially. I, of course, wanted to come here too."

To see the full interview, visit the GFFN website.

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