West Brom host Burnley on Monday night and out-of-favour striker Saido Berahino has described the past year as the “most difficult” of his career,
In September 2015, Berahino threatened never to play for West Brom again after then-chairman Jeremy Peace turned down two bids from Tottenham on the final day of the summer transfer window.
The Baggies also rejected offers from Crystal Palace and Stoke City, believed to be in the region of £20m, in July.
The some-time England international has revealed how intense transfer speculation has left him feeling depressed and struggling for focus.
“This last year has been the most difficult of my career and it has left me short of the form and fitness required for the Premier League,” he said.
“Constant speculation in the media doesn’t help and I have made this statement in the hope that it will respect my privacy and determination to get my career back on track.”
“I want to thank the club for its support throughout what has been a period of turmoil for me. It may not have always seemed as if I have appreciated the efforts of everyone here to help me but believe me I do.
“Albion has been my second home and the club that has brought me this far. It has never turned its back on me and when I need it most has been at my side.
“I want to thank my team-mates who have been willing me on and providing positive support. I want nothing more than to earn my place alongside them and get back on the pitch scoring again.
“I also need to speak directly to the Albion fans. I know many are angry with me and feel I have let down their club. I have to deal with that criticism.
“But I know from the messages of support I receive there are many who still believe in me I want them to know that I intend to do everything I can to repay that faith while also hopefully winning over those who doubt me.”