Back in January, Italian midfielder Antonio Nocerino announced his retirement, since the 35-year-old hadn’t been playing for over a year and finally decided to call it a day.
The former Milan player enjoyed a pretty long career as a footballer, during which he represented many clubs, among which were West Ham United during the 2013-14 season, back when Sam Allardyce was in charge.
So when speaking to journalist Nicolo Schira this week, live on Twitch, Nocerino recalled his time at the London club.
“The six months in the Premier League were wonderful, as a culture and mentality, I recommend them to anyone who wants to learn, know and grow,” Nocerino told Nicolo Schira (via Napoli Magazine).
“That experience opened my mind so much: knowing other cultures, countries, habits is fundamental. A different world: there is no retreat, football is lived differently. An hour and a half in training or on the pitch, then you switch off and live with less stress and less pressure. There are no radios, televisions, newspapers that speak 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and every second of football, and it’s very different. You have to get the good from every country and or culture”.
Nocerino joined West Ham on a loan from Milan in January 2014 and stayed at the club for six months, making only 10 appearances for the Hammers.
He may have got few minutes on the pitch, starting in just two of those games, but his quotes, however, prove that he had a good time in London and enjoyed living in the city for a few months.
Sometimes, the experience trumps how things went, and it appears that is the case with the former Italy international.