Jonathan Calleri has revealed a phone call from West Ham cult hero Carlos Tevez convinced him to remain with the club.
Calleri has endured a difficult spell at West Ham since joining on a season-long loan from Deportivo Maldonado last summer, scoring only once in 10 appearances, he was also set to quit the club and move to Spanish side Las Palmas
“I did speak to him a few months ago. When he arrived at West Ham, he was in a similar situation that I found myself in,” the 23-year-old told Sky Sports News HQ.
“It was hard for him and it was also hard for me. I am staying here, I want to battle, I have taken his advice on board and I want to be successful and follow in his footsteps.”
Calleri also insisted West Ham can cope without Dimitri Payet, who completed a £25m return to Marseille in January.
“Yes, it’s true that a great player in Dimitri Payet has left the club, but there is no player more important than the whole squad and having a united dressing room and a united team,” Calleri said.
“So, if we are all united and pulling in the same direction, we won’t miss Dimitri Payet.”