Argentinian midfielder Javier Mascherano claims that leaving West Ham has ‘not crossed his mind’ despite talk of a move to Juventus in January.
Mascherano has endured a nightmare introduction to life in England since his shock transfer deadline day move from Corinthians, and has been linked with a move.
Although the midfielder admits he is disappointed with his time at Upton Park, he insists he is not ready to quit the Premiership.
“It hasn’t crossed my mind to leave the Premier League after being unsuccessful here. But if I’m still not playing, things get complicated,” said Mascherano in The Guardian.
“Our team-mates have welcomed us well and, what with the language problem, I can’t complain as to how they’ve treated us.
“I came to the Premier League really excited about it all, because I wanted to be successful at West Ham.
“This was my aim and it still is, but I haven’t had enough opportunity to see if this will be possible.
“I don’t know anything about our new coach, Curbishley, but I hope that he starts from scratch with all of the players and each one has a chance to play,” Mascherano added.
“They’ve given me great references about our new coach, but my only concern is to prove that I’m not a bad player as some would like to have you believe.
“Pardew was very excited when Tevez and I first came but slowly his trust in us diminished and we were left out of matches.”