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Zaza couldn't adapt at West Ham

Simone Zaza has agreed to join Juventus (sassuolocalcio.it)
Simone Zaza has agreed to join Juventus (sassuolocalcio.it)

Cape Town - Simone Zaza has explained why he failed to make a success of his stint at Premier League side West Ham United.

The striker signed for the Hammers from Juventus at the start of the season, but only made the starting lineup on five occasions before moving on to Valencia in January.

Zaza revealed that he was hit with a culture shock at West Ham and was simply unable to adjust to the change in environment and training methods at the club.

"I knew I'd find some difficulties, but I did not think there could be so many. I do not blame anyone, 99 percent of it's my fault because I was not able to adapt," Zaza told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I was sure that I'd make it but it was probably because I'm set in my ways. I'm attached to my habits, my things, my points of reference otherwise I'm lost and I can't find myself.

"I was not good physically. I had been through pre-season with Juventus so I was OK. When I got there I found a different method of training: you exercise less, sometimes the sessions last 40 minutes and almost immediately I didn't feel good.

"I wanted to do things that come naturally when I'm playing well and I could not do them, and I became crazy."

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