West Ham United star Vladimir Coufal has set the record straight on a story that made him a cult hero.
Coufal has been a revelation at West Ham since signing for a bargain £5.5 million from Slavia Prague last year.
He was one of West Ham’s best performers last season as helped David Moyes’s side qualify for the Europa League.
Indeed Coufal was named West Ham’s signing of the season in the club’s awards at the weekend.
Coufal quickly cemented himself as a fan favourite with the Hammers faithful with his passionate, determined, tough-tackling and swashbuckling displays.
And he became a cult hero when pictures emerged showing the right-back waiting at a bus stop.
West Ham skipper Mark Noble claimed Coufal got the bus home from training when speaking on That Peter Crouch Podcast.
The story – which appeared in several media outlets such as The Daily Star – went viral.
And fans from across football lauded Coufal for being down-to-earth and a man of the people in a modern day game awash with flash cars and aloof stars.
But as honest as the day is long, Coufal has now admitted the story is fake news.
After receiving his signing of the season award, Coufal was asked about the famous story but revealed he was actually taking shelter from the rain after a sudden downpour.
“I have to be honest finally because I heard a lot of stories about it,” Coufal said during West Ham’s awards coverage.
“To be honest we were walking with my family, it was nice weather, but suddenly it switched and starts heavy raining yea, typical England.
“I want to hide (shelter) so no I wasn’t waiting for the bus but after when I saw these stories I said to my wife ‘We have to go with the bus’.”
Vladimir Coufal ladies and gentleman. The man, the myth, the legend.