Lucas Perez has hinted that he regrets joining West Ham in the summer of 2018, when speaking exclusively to Spanish media outlet Marca.
The 31-year-old moved to the London Stadium from Arsenal for around 19 months ago for around £4 million (BBC Sport).
Perez failed to impress at West Ham. He recored just six goals and no assists in 19 appearances for the east London outfit (Transfermarkt).
The Spaniard was moved on last summer. He joined Alaves for £2.2 million (Sky Sports).
And Perez has enjoyed a decent return to Spain, racking up 10 goals and five assists in 24 La Liga outings (Transfermarkt).
Spanish football clearly suits the former West Ham and Arsenal man more than the English game does.
And he told Marca that he made a mistake moving to the Premier League:
“In the winter transfer window, like all transfer windows, teams usually call. In fact, not only Barcelona called, but other teams as well. But in my head, I wanted to end the season here because I am happy and I have a contract. I didn’t want to take another misstep, where I would not have opportunities, as happened to me in England. In no case did I plan to leave mid-season, I want to stay here until the end.”
Despite his struggles at West Ham, he was never really given enough of a chance to prove himself. And had he been kept on last summer, who knows how much he would have benefitted from playing alongside Sebastien Haller?
It’s a moot point, however. Perez was sold. And he’s now thriving back in Spain.