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Our View: Steven Nzonzi's comments on Rennes are a sad indictment on West Ham

Steven Nzonzi was allegedly a transfer target for West Ham in January.

RMC Sport reported last month that David Moyes wanted to bring the 31-year-old midfielder to the London Stadium.

The French World Cup winner ended up joining Ligue 1 club Rennes on loan from Roma, however (Get French Football News).

In fact, Foot Mercato claimed that the powerhouse midfielder rejected the chance to join West Ham in favour of a switch to France.

Nzonzi joined Roma from Sevilla for €30 million (£25 million) in the summer of 2018 (Goal).

Whilst Nzonzi is past his best, he still would surely have been a very useful addition for West Ham. So it is a real shame that the east London outfit missed out on the former Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers ace.

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Who could blame him for not wanting to join the Hammers, however?

The 31-year-old spoke to Foot Mercato about his switch to Rennes, and his comments are a sad indictment of West Ham’s current plight:

“I immediately liked the challenge. It’s a club that gives off the image of evolving positively. I immediately liked it, I wanted to return to my country, discover Ligue 1. There were a number of conditions that meant I accepted it straight away. I talked with the president, which went really well. All that means I am here today, and I’m very happy”.

Now it is clear to see that Nzonzi was impressed with the setup at Rennes. They are flying high in third spot in Ligue 1, and are a really impressive outfit to watch under the guidance of exciting young coach Julien Stéphan.

The same cannot be said about West Ham, however. The Hammers are currently sitting inside the bottom three, with the the uninspiring David Moyes in charge. The Scot is well past his best. The modern game has left him behind and his outdated tactics and philosophies are being exposed on a regular basis.

Steven Nzonzi (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

There is also the matter of West Ham’s dire Chadwell Heath training base. You couldn’t blame any potential signing for looking at the training facilities and running a mile.

Rennes clearly have an ambitious and clear strategy to reach the top. It is little wonder why Nzonzi chose to join them rather than the Hammers.

West Ham are a complete mess both on and off the pitch. It hurts to say it, but we must be one of the least appealing clubs to join in the game at that moment.

And if David Gold and David Sullivan are not going to sell up, that is something that they absolutely have to address over the next few years.

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