Behrami desperate to impress West Ham fans

West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami is hoping for a chance to show he is still committed to the Hammers.

VALON BEHRAMI returned as an unused subsitute at Wolves on Saturday, but now he is determined to fight his way back into the starting line-up.

The Swiss international midfielder has been plagued by injury and personal problems so far this term, but the 25-year-old is desperate to show the West Ham fans that he is committed to the club.

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

Behrami has played just two games for the Hammers this season, being substituted in both.

The former favourite made no secret about the fact that he wanted to return to Italy in the summer, but the former Lazio star is just looking to get back on to the pitch.

“I am working to start every game, but I know the team are doing well,” he said.

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“We have a game on Saturday and then another on Wednesday. If you ask me, of course I will say I am ready to start both games, but this is not my decision.”

Behrami is unsure how the fans will react to his return having stated his desire to leave, but he also believes that he can win them over once again, just as he did with impressive performances when he first arrived.

“West Ham fans are passionate,” he said. “They are here to see the team getting better and whoever plays, they get behind. If I play and give 100 per cent, they will be happy.

“If not, they will let me know and that is right.”

Behrami has not played since the 1-1 draw at Stoke, but having travelled to Molineux on Saturday, he is keen to get on the field on Saturday against Newcastle.

“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 okay.

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