Former West Ham United striker Sebastien Haller has been accused of having a dig at the Hammers and manager David Moyes.
It never really happened for Haller at West Ham following his club record £45million move from Eintracht Frankfurt.
And West Ham boss Moyes decided to cut the club’s losses by accepting a £20m bid from Ajax back in January.
The big Ivorian forward divided opinion during his time at the club.
Many Hammers fans felt Haller was harshly treated and the club did not play to his strengths.
Many more felt he simply was not up to it in an elite competition like the Premier League.
The money West Ham made back from the sale of Haller has been banked by Moyes to spend on a new forward this summer.
But Haller got some bad press back in London this week after giving an interview to French magazine So Foot.
Football London reported Haller’s comments as a dig at West Ham and Moyes.
Haller dig accusations incredibly harsh
But that accusation seems extremely harsh on a player who only had good things to say about the club following his departure.
“I love the Netherlands, this country has been a real starting point for me and my family,” Haller told French magazine So Foot in reference to his previous spell at Utrecht.
“There is symbolism for us here. When Ajax come calling for you, it’s hard to say no. They are a cult club with an attacking culture of their own.
“In addition, I already knew the league, the principles of the coach (Erik ten Hag – who managed Haller at Utrecht), who works in an ultra-meticulous way, and also a good part of the dressing room.”
Just because Haller is praising Ajax – who are a global football institution regardless of whether they play in a vastly inferior domestic league – it does not mean he is having a pop at West Ham.
Casting an eye back to when he left West Ham, Haller was in fact very up front and honest about his time at the club and blamed himself as much as anyone for it not working out.
Not in striker’s style to have a pop and let’s not forget he only had good things to say when he left
“I cannot deny that West Ham have invested a big sum,” Haller said after leaving (Sport Witness).
“In my current situation, I really saw Ajax as an opportunity.
“It is quite frustrating to leave like this; I would have maybe liked to leave at a point where I was performing better. My time there was up and down, but I learned a lot of things.”
Haller also did an interview with talkSPORT after leaving in which he praised Declan Rice and the club.
Haller was a laid back and pretty humble guy. It is not in his character to aim sly digs at his former employers.