Former West Ham United forward Mauro Zárate has revealed he regrets leaving the club in 2016.
The Argentine joined the Hammers from Vélez back in 2014, having spent several years bouncing around various clubs including Inter Milan and Lazio.
He managed just eight appearances, and two goals and one assist in his first season at the club in what can best be described as a mediocre campaign.
His second year saw him become more of a regular, managing 17 appearances in all competitions and four goals in total.
His playing time was still limited, though, as he managed less than 1000 minutes in total across the Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup that year and spending time out on loan at Queens Park Rangers.
That’s why he elected to depart in 2016, swapping West Ham for a return to Italy with Fiorentina in a £1.89m deal.
That’s a choice he regrets, though, admitting the Hammers are among three clubs he regrets leaving.
“I really regret leaving Lazio, West Ham and Fiorentina,” he told TYC Sports.
“It was a mistake to have left Lazio as an idol. After I made that mistake, I came to West Ham and started to have a good level.
“But I decided to leave because I didn’t like the position I was playing in. People loved me very much, and I have beautiful memories.”