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Friday, 02 October 2009 16:05

I lost my enthusiasm in Italy - da Costa

Defender settling well in England

Portuguese under-21 international Manuel da Costa says he is enjoying life again at West Ham, and admits that his spell in Italy led to him losing his passion for the game.

The 23-year-old left Italian club Fiorentina, from whom he had spent the second half of last season on-loan at Sampdoria, for a new challenge in England at the end of the transfer window, signing a three-year contract at Upton Park,

"I really like it here," he told the club official match day programme. "I'd lost some of my enthusiasm for football in Italy with being on the sidelines a lot. Here Mister Zola has brought me into the group, everybody has welcomed me, and I am very happy to be here. I'm getting used to the team, to the staff, to the environment, and I am feeling a lot better."

Da Costa made his debut for West Ham in their League Cup defeat to Bolton, before starting his first league match at Manchester City last Monday, although he was again on the losing side. However, the defender has already displayed an appreciation for the club’s supporters, having thrown his shirt into the away end after the defeat in Manchester.

“The fans travel a long way and it's great that they come and support us - I can already see they're there whether we win or lose.

"I am really looking forward to Sunday‘s match (with Fulham). I have found it hard to play a full match and I've had a few physical problems as I'd not played for a long time. But I have to keep on working hard and hopefully things will go well for me and the team."

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