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Slav fires back in 'intensity' row

Filed: Thursday, 16th March 2017
By: Staff Writer

Slaven Bilic has responded to claims by Reading manager Jaap Stam that training at West Ham "lacks intensity".

Stam appeared to criticise Bilic's regime earlier in the week when he claimed that loanee Reece Oxford wasn't used to the high standard of training at the Championship club.

"Reece Oxford has been surprised at the level of intensity in training at Reading, compared to that at West Ham," he said. "Young players need to improve. You need to be on top of them and give them good advice, so thatís why training is intense."

However Bilic fired back today when he insisted that West Ham train as hard as any other club. "We are training very intensely," he told the media at today's pre-match press conference.

"Maybe with Reece and his change of club they train differently, but the only thing I think is that Reece wasn't fit enough.

"He signed for Reading after a long injury to his ankle so maybe in the beginning he wasn't in the best shape. That was ages ago though, he will have had enough time to get ready."

Oxford finally made his debut for the Royals last weekend as a second half substitute, some six weeks after joining the club on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

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