A few months ago, Jonathan Calleri wasn’t afraid to say he wasn’t happy at West Ham United. With a lack of games at a club he didn’t intend to join, the player was truly living a nightmare during his loan spell in London.
But things have changed a lot recently. The striker has made seven appearances since the start of April, and is now finally enjoying the chances to prove himself at the club.
Calleri spoke to ESPN Brasil after the game against Liverpool this Sunday. After the player previously claimed his desire to return to São Paulo one day, reporter João Castelo Branco asked if the feeling is still the same.
“Yeah, I’ve always said the places where I’ve been treated well, I want to go back,” Calleri told ESPN Brasil.
But he claims he’s now focused on his career in Europe. “I’m happy to be here. I’ve adapted to what is the Premier League, to what is English football.”
“I’ve learned to speak English a bit, which is what I was lacking. And the truth is I’m very happy here. I want to stay at West Ham or to go to another European club, which is what I’ve always wanted.”
Regarding São Paulo, he confirmed he keeps in touch with the club, but did not tease about a transfer this time: “I follow, I watch the matches, I speak to directors, the president. I follow the team, I have mates who I still speak to, and truth is they aren’t in a good moment. They have to keep working and I believe São Paulo will do well with Rogério Ceni.”
Calleri belongs to Maldonado, an Uruguayan club used by investors to loan players out until they get a fee with a permanent transfer. As his contract with West Ham expires at the end of the season, the Hammers will have to decide wether to buy him or not.