December 10 2013 Latest news:
Dave Evans, West Ham Correspondent
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Hammers winger Ricardo Vaz Te has insisted that he is fully committed to the club after scoring the winner against Cardiff City
West Ham striker Ricardo Vaz Te scored a dramatic late winner in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night and then insisted that he is committed to playing for the club.
The 26-year-old’s celebration after scoring his second goal of the campaign was to rub the Hammers badge and he explained the significance of it.
“I was pleased to play 90 minutes and pleased to score,” said Vaz Te after Tuesday’s 3-2 victory.
“Clean the badge means Cardiff have got nothing on us. It was just to show the fans that I am here and focused.
“I want to stay, I want to play and my desire for the transfer request was just saying that I want to play and if I am not playing here I have to move on.
“People hold grudges and sometimes they take too long to move on and I don’t have time for that,” he said.
“If I am not going to play I have to move on to where I can play. Obviously the window closed and I am still here and my attitude is still the same, to work hard, improve and get a place in the team.”
It was Vaz Te’s second goal in as many starts this season having notched one in the second round of the competition against Cheltenham and with the regular starters currently misfiring he may well have played his way into Sam Allardyce’s team for Saturday’s trip to Hull City.
Vaz Te feels that he still deserves a starting place in the squad.
“I think I have always done enough to be in the first XI,” he insisted. “The stats are there, what else can I say? I can only keep on trying. It is the manager that picks the team and I have to respect that.”
The player revealed that he has had no problems with the rest of the squad since his transfer request ended with him staying at the club.
“The players know the business,” he said. “It is hard and they don’t hold grudges, we are all professionals.
“I expressed my desire to leave because I wanted to play – I am not 18 anymore.
“But the players have been wonderful, they support me and they know my intentions.
“I have huge respect for each individual and the manager and the club.
“I didn’t do anything to hurt anyone, I just want to play.”
Play he certainly did on Tuesday night, forcing a fine save from keeper Joe Lewis in the first half and then getting on the end of Jack Collison’s delicate cross to nod home the winner on 88 minutes.
“I was happy with the 90 minutes and I just have to keep going and show that I deserve to play and get picked,” he said.
“If anything, others should be fighting to get my place, not me fighting to get somebody else’s.
“I enjoy playing. That is the reason I am in this business. We can’t all play all the time, but I got 90 minutes and I was very pleased.
“I can only keep knocking on the manager’s door and tell him I deserve to play and I am ready to play.”
Assistant boss Neil McDonald agreed with those sentiments.
“I think he has to knuckle down,” he said. “Whether it was bad advice or whatever, he is a genuine lad and he just wants to play.
“All we ask for is 100 per cent and he has given that tonight.”