Brazilian legend Rivaldo has urged his countryman Felipe Anderson to use West Ham as a stepping stone.

The former Lazio star only arrived in east London this summer, as the club’s record signing. But that hasn’t stopped the 2002 World Cup winner stating that the move to the Hammers is a way to showcase his skills to bigger clubs.

The 46-year-old was complimentary about the playmaker, but his comments were disrespectful towards West Ham.

GUANGZHOU, CHINA – JULY 24: Rivaldo takes picture with fans during Legend Star China Tour on July 24, 2018 in Guangzhou, China. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)

What did he say?

Speaking to the Daily Star, Rivaldo said of Anderson: “He is a nice player, capable of adapting to English football. Yes, he will face some difficulties such as the physical demands of the league.


“But when you’re talented and professional you could prove your value and I believe he will succeed. West Ham is not a top team in England; but is a reasonable club where he can improve, and show his quality as a player in order to make another jump in the future, perhaps to a bigger English club.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 01: Felipe Anderson of West Ham United in action during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at London Stadium on September 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Rivaldo’s comments are disrespectful

Anderson is Pellegrini’s big, expensive creative gamble. His injury record at Lazio wasn’t the best; yet Pellegrini has shown faith in him to usher in his new, ambitious era.

The record signing hasn’t set the world alight yet either, so suggesting already that he should be looking to use the club as springboard is fairly disrespectful.

That said, if the Hammers are still struggling in January but Anderson is playing well, he may well be looking to move.

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