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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 1, 2006

Tevez chose Hammers move for 'experience'

LONDON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Carlos Tevez chose West Ham United over bigger English clubs because he could get more regular football with them, the Argentina forward said on Saturday.

'West Ham is a team where I can get a rhythm of playing, see what English football is all about,' the World Cup striker told a news conference on the eve of Argentina's friendly against Brazil at Arsenal's Emirates stadium.

He said he was not looking any further than West Ham despite media speculation the move was simply a stepping stone to bigger things in England or Europe.

'First I want to do well for West Ham. I'm not concerned about playing in a big club. I just want to play,' said Tevez, who along with Argentina team mate Javier Mascherano joined the Premier League club from Brazilian side Corinthians on Thursday.

'It's going to do me a lot of good to play in this league.'

West Ham's bigger London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea were interested in Tevez and holding midfielder Mascherano but the striker said the West Ham option was the best.

'The two (others) were interested but they had three or four forwards in my position. What I need is to play, get rhythm,' Tevez said.

'From the moment I arrived (on Thursday) the most concrete thing was West Ham and the most convenient for me.'

He said he was not putting a time on his stay at West Ham, saying he needed to adapt to English football which he described as 'not easy'.

There were no official figures for the double transfer, raising speculation in the media over the full details.

Corinthians are owned by the MSI investment group that is believed to be trying again to buy into West Ham after a bid came to nothing last year.

The pair left Corinthians under a cloud after falling out with the club and fans but Tevez, who had a contract with the Brazilians until December, said there were no hard feelings.

'There's no resentment with Corinthians, with the people who supported me,' Tevez said.

'Sure, I didn't want to go out like that but the circumstances and promises not respected were the motive.

'The directors showed a lack of respect towards me which is why I stopped going to training.'