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Nikola Vlasic: I feel free and trusted again after leaving West Ham for Torino

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Nikola Vlasic: I feel free and trusted again after leaving West Ham for Torino

Nikola Vlasic says he feels free and trusted again after leaving West Ham United for Torino in Italy during the summer.

Vlasic cost West Ham £26m last summer in a deal that could have reached as much as £33m with certain clauses being met.

The Croatian failed to establish himself at West Ham under David Moyes last season.

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He scored just one goal and laid on two assists in 31 appearances for West Ham (Transfermarkt).

And he was shipped out on loan to Serie A side Torino this summer with the Italian club also having the option to make the move permanent.

Many West Ham fans felt Vlasic was not given a fair crack of the whip in his preferred central number 10 role.

After loaning the 24-year-old to Torino, West Ham went out and spent nearly £70m on Maxwel Cornet and Lucas Paqueta.

So regardless of how Vlasic fares with Torino – and given that an option to buy was inserted in the deal – his long-term future looks almost certain to be away from West Ham.

It has been a hugely positive start to life in Italy for the on loan Hammer.

Vlasic has scored three goals and quickly established himself as a fan favourite. He recently scored a thunderous strike and there has been talk Torino are exploring making the move permanent as soon as January.

His form has begged the question just what went wrong for Vlasic at West Ham.

Many feel Moyes perhaps gave up on him too soon. Others insist he simply wasn’t up to it in the Premier League.

Now the player himself has had his say in an interview with La Stampa.

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Vlasic says he feels free and trusted again after leaving West Ham for Torino.

“There is a huge difference mentally for me (between my time at West Ham and Torino),” Vlasic told La Stampa.

“I feel reborn in Italy, I feel free again. Everything is going well at Torino. I am working hard, I know there is a lot to do, but I am sure I’ll benefit from this in the future.

“What counts the most is to play consistently, which is what I am doing here. I feel trust from everyone and there is nothing I can complain about.”

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