West Ham’s Behrami admits a dip in confidence

Midifelder rues his bad luck with injuries and is determined to prove his worth to the team.

West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami has admitted that his confidence has taken a blow after so many injury setbacks, but is confident he can return to his best.

The Hammers midfielder has struggled with injuries and a dip in form over the past two seasons, but the Swiss midfielder is determined to play his way back into the first team.

“I am feeling good. I have had some bad luck in the last two years with injuries and it seems I have spent a lot of time in this situation,” he said.

“It is normal that my confidence is not so high but I have been working hard and if I keep giving this effort, it will be OK.

“I am thinking positive. It is not always easy but it is great to be back with the team and ready to play again.”

It has been a tough few months for Behrami. His wife and child are back in Rome and a move to the Italian giants failed to materialise after it seemed they were only interested in a loan deal. Co-owner David Sullivan even touted the player for a move by telling the media that ‘He doesn’t want to be here.’

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“It is very important for me to get back to playing. A lot of things have been written and said. The only place I can prove my commitment is on the pitch and I am here for that,” Behrami said.

“I have maybe only played 90 minutes this season in two games. I don’t want to be seen to be always talking about it. I want to demonstrate what I can do for the team.

“I am working to start every game but I know the team are doing well. It is up to the manager of course. We have a game on Saturday and then on Wednesday.

“If you ask me, of course I will say I am ready to start both games but this is not my decision. I am ready when ever he thinks it is best.”

West Ham are on a five-match unbeaten run and Behrami has noticed an improvement in morale around the club.

“I can see a positive atmosphere at the training ground. The club signed quality players who give 100 per cent and everyone wants to avoid a season like last year,” he said.

“We didn’t start very well but we are now unbeaten in five matches. We have found a good way to play and are doing what the manager wants.

“It was nice to be with the squad at Wolves. I spoke to the manager and I wasn’t ready to start the game. Maybe I could have played for ten or 20 minutes if I was needed.

“For me, it was a positive day and I have another week to work again and improve my condition even more.