Nene: I want to stay at West Ham and prove myself next season
PUBLISHED: 13:57 11 May 2015 | UPDATED: 13:57 11 May 2015
West Ham's Brazilian attacker raring to make a start
Since his arrival in January, Brazilian attacker Nene has been something of a mystery man.
Anderson Luiz de Carvalho (Nene) came from Qatari football with a good reputation, having been at Monaco and Paris St Germain, but for some reason, manager Sam Allardyce has never really taken to the player.
Since his arrival, he has not started a single game, being confined to seven substitute appearances. When he has come on, he has performed well, which has left many fans baffled about his lack of chances.
“Everyone wants to play more, but I respect the staff and I work every day to do my best, play and help the team and when I get the chance I try to show that I can help my team-mates.
“It is difficult, but I am happy here and I hope in the final two games I can get more minutes.”
It was a diplomatic answer which you would expect from a player looking to get into the starting line-up, but you could hear the sense of puzzlement in his voice and he confirmed that he has had no injuries.
“I hoped to start today, that is what I work for and everyone works for that,” he said.
“I hope I can start either in the next game or the last one. If I get the chance I will do my best.”
Nene certainly made a difference when he and Alex Song came on at the break after a disastrous first half for the Hammers.
“The manager told me to try and create chances and get more of the ball,” revealed the 33-year-old. “We didn’t have much of the ball in the first half, so we tried with Alex, Enner and Stewart to not be too far apart from each other so we could create chances.”
Nene certainly did that. His long-range shot whistled just over the bar with goalkeeper Shay Given struggling to reach it, while he also crossed for Valencia to nod home, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside, much to the anger of the Brazilian.
In the end it was a fruitless effort from West Ham, though both him and Song came out of it with credit.
“The game was difficult,” he said. “They needed to points so they played very strongly on the counter-attack. If we get more chances to shoot and more crosses into the box then we are back into the game.
“We know how to do it, but it is just a matter of putting that into practice.”
So after failing to make a start so far this season, will Nene be keen to leave Upton Park at the end of the season? He says no.
“I want to stay,” he insisted. “I think it is a great club and the Premier League is really great.
“I arrived so late I want to do an entire season to show that ever at my age I can do my work like before.”