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Behrami issues Hammers pledge

PUBLISHED: 16:43 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 05 October 2010

By JONATHAN CLEGG VALON BEHRAMI has hit out at speculation linking him with a return to Italy and vowed to stay at West Ham to help the club beat the drop. The Hammers are just one point above the relegation zone following last weekend s goalless draw wi

By JONATHAN CLEGG

VALON BEHRAMI has hit out at speculation linking him with a return to Italy and vowed to stay at West Ham to help the club beat the drop.

The Hammers are just one point above the relegation zone following last weekend's goalless draw with Portsmouth and the club's winless run now stretches to seven matches.

West Ham's slide down the Premier League table and the club's financial concerns at boardroom level have prompted reports that Behrami could quit Upton Park in January, with Serie A giants Roma interested in a move for the midfielder.

But Behrami, who joined the club in a £5m deal from Lazio in July, has dismissed rumours linking him with the exit.

The 23-year-old is determined to remain with the Hammers and help manager Gianfranco Zola transform the club's fortunes.

He said: "There's no chance I will return to Italy because I'm very happy to be here. It's now a difficult moment but we can get out of it and I want to get out of it with my team.

"I am enjoying it here so I don't want to change for any reason and I want to stay here for a long time.

"I enjoy playing in England. It is very quick, very hard - it's fun for me because it's very different to Italy. I like it very much playing here."

Behrami admits that his enjoyment of English football has been diminished by West Ham's current struggles, but the Switzerland international is determined to do everything in his power to help the Hammers get out of trouble.

"When you win everything is good for me. Now we aren't winning so it's not very enjoyable," Behrami said.

"We have a problem but we have to work, we have to improve everything to get out of this situation because it is not really a simple moment for us.

"But everybody works very hard and if we can do a little bit more, this is the way that we can get out of this situation''

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