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Fonte: West Ham move was a 'no brainer'


Filed: Monday, 6th March 2017
By: Staff Writer


Jose Fonte has revealed that it was an "easy" decision to choose West Ham above any other club when he left Southampton in January.

The 33-year-old Portuguese international joined West Ham for 8million from the Saints during the Winter transfer window. And speaking to former Southampton midfielder Graeme Souness, Fonte admitted that once he learned of United's interest, his mind was made up.

"In the summer, there were a few offers, including West Ham," he said. "In January they came back in and it was a no-brainer for me because of the size of the club, the move to the Olympic Stadium, the passionate fans they have and also the ambition of the manager and the chairman.

"It was an easy decision to choose West Ham. London is also closer to my wife's side of the family so provided her more help to raise the kids. Everything made sense and I'm extremely happy.

"I look around the dressing room and I see a lot of talent and a great manager. I see a lot of team spirit and a lot of possibilities - not only for this year but also for next season. We're in great shape for the future - it's an exciting time."




Fonte - who helped Portugal win Euro 16 last summer - also denied suggestions that the Olympic Stadium has proved a hindrance to the team this season.

"When things don't go well, you try to find any kind of excuse. What we have to get in our head is that it's the same for both teams. You don't want to play in League One and League Two pitches - you want to play on a massive pitch in the Olympic Stadium with beautiful grass. That's where you're going to express yourself in good conditions.

"For me, it's a question of 'get on with it' and accept it. Come up with a gameplan, with a solution and that's what we've been trying to do. It's a big change from the old ground but we are growing as a club.

"We know where we want to go and want to become a big club - we can't have excuses about the stadium. It's a great stadium. When we are playing well, it's fantastic."

Fonte is set to start for West Ham tonight when the Hammers face title-chasing Chelsea at the Olympic Stadium; the match begins at 8pm.





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