Tristan set to bid adios to Upton Park
EXCLUSIVE: Diego Tristan is ready to turn down a new contract at West Ham and return to Spain at the end of the season
By JONATHAN CLEGG
Diego Tristan is ready to turn down a new contract at West Ham and return to Spain at the end of the season.
Tristan's current deal expires at the end of the season and Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola has hinted that the 33-year-old could be offered an extension to remain at Upton Park next year.
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The veteran striker has impressed for the Hammers in recent weeks, netting twice in his past four appearances after getting an extended run in the side.
But the former Deportivo La Coruna hitman has now revealed that he would snub a deal to stay at West Ham in favour of a return to La Liga this summer.
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He said: "It's a topic that has been revived with my recent performances, but there are still two matches left and I don't want to be rushed.
"It depends on what happens at West Ham with a view to next season and on what my family decide.
"I have received several offers, but I still hope to go back to enjoying my football in Spain."
Tristan was one of the most feared strikers in Europe during his days at Deportivo and has netted 96 goals in the Spain's top division.
He believes that a return to his homeland will help his quest for a century of top-flight goals.
"I dream of reaching 100 goals in La Liga. It's something that is very much within my reach," he told Spanish newspaper Marca.
Tristan's desire to quit Upton Park will come as a blow to Hammers boss Zola, who last week claimed that the forward is close to recapturing his best form.
"Diego Tristan has got everything and he can be one of the top strikers in Europe again - easily," Zola said. "He has been an international player and top scorer in Spain for many years.
"He just lost a little bit of it in the last few years but he is getting back very, very quickly.