I owe West Ham, says Joe Cole after sealing move from Liverpool

Joe Cole admits he feels he "owes" West Ham after the midfielder secures move back to London from Liverpool

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
joe cole
Joe Cole sealed a move back to West Ham on Friday Photo: Soccer.ru, via Wikimedia

joe cole

Joe Cole admits he feels he “owes” West Ham after the midfielder secured a return to Upton Park on a free transfer from Liverpool.

The 31-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Lille, has signed an 18-month contract with the Hammers after a forgettable spell on Merseyside.

“I feel like I owe the club a little bit because if it wasn’t for West Ham I wouldn’t be a footballer,” Cole told the Hammers’ website. “This club’s great youth-team coaches taught me the trade.”

Cole, capped 56 times by England, added: “Coming back here brings back all the memories of the pitches I learnt how to play on. This is where I learnt my trade and I’m happy to have another chance to be here.

“I’ve always loved West Ham and I hope I can give the club a few memorable seasons.

“The timing was right for me to come back and I’m happy. I’m back in London and I’m delighted to be here. I want to be here and I want to make an impact.

“The place has not changed much to look at, but I think Sam has done a great job with the team. A few years ago, the club was in a bad way and Sam has done brilliantly.

“All in all, it will always be West Ham and the history will always be here and everywhere I go around the world, people love West Ham. Everywhere I go, people know me for having started here.”

MORE: Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool stars among players out of contract in 2018

MORE: Seven reasons why Chelsea must keep Cesc Fabregas

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs 2017: Meet Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool stars among 16 players out of contract in 2018
The Sport Review
Jose Mourinho explains his Europa League final celebration to Man United fans
The Sport Review
French Open 2017 essentials: Champions, finalists, schedules and some key numbers
The Sport Review
Dwight Yorke sends message to Man United fans about Henrikh Mkhitaryan