Sporting CP are still very proud of the way William Carvalho acted after his transfer to West Ham United collapsed at the end of the window.

Portuguese newspaper Record has a story today saying the club was afraid that there would be a ‘split’ with the player, after the West Ham drama, but what happened was completely the opposite.

With Adrien Silva’s departure, William is now the new club captain, and has been doing pretty well this season, including in last weekend’s ‘clássico’ against FC Porto.

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According to sources close to the midfielder, the reason for it is that he thought it was better to forget that his dream to play in the Premier League had to be delayed again, and kept his ‘body and soul’ at the Lisbon side.

But it doesn’t mean he has given up on the move. The plan is to make a great season with Sporting, impress for Portugal at the World Cup, and then be ready to leave the country with his head up.

The ‘West Ham case’, which is how Record calls it, had a big influence on the player’s attitude for the season. The question now is: when he’s ready to leave, will it be the Hammers who will take him to the Premier League?

If he has a great season for Sporting and a great World Cup, the answer to the West Ham question is probably no.