Bilic played me out of position, complains Zarate

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 26th January 2016

Mauro Zarate has taken a sideswipe at West Ham boss Slaven Bilic on the day that he was unveiled as a Fiorentina player.

The 28-year-old Argentine forward was allowed to depart West Ham on a permanent basis having failed to convince his third manager in two years that he deserves a regular place in the starting XI.

And Zarate - who managed to score a total of just six goals in a 20-month spell at the Boleyn Ground - couldn't resist accusing Bilic of playing him in an unfamiliar role during the press conference to confirm his arrival at the Italian club.

"I'm happy to be back in Italy and to show my qualities with a great team," he said. "It is an important opportunity for me to get back on track.

"In England, things were good because English football is enjoyable. But I have to admit I wasn't very comfortable with my role within the club and that's why I decided to come here.

"I want to play in a more attacking position. I have already spoken with [Fiorentina boss] Paulo Sousa and he has assured me I'll have that."

Zarate appeared 15 times in the Premier League for West Ham during the first half of the 2015/16 campaign, scoring three times - against Arsenal, Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion.

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