Well, that went about as well as could be expected.
Slaven Bilic has all but called time on Simone Zaza’s woeful stint at West Ham after confirming that the Italian’s convoluted contract situation has rendered any extension of his stay in East London impossible.
Zaza joined on loan from Juventus in August on the proviso that the Hammers would activate an obligatory clause to sign him permanently should the Italian make 10 appearances – hence the reason he’s been left out for the last seven matches.
Speaking at his weekly press conference, Bilic told reporters:
We wanted Simone Zaza to join the club but his story with West Ham has finished because of the situation with his contract.
We can only assume he’s being polite.
After all, it’s probably not entirely likely that Bilic is clamouring to retain a non-prolific striker who has managed a massive two shots on target (zero goals) in nine appearances this season.
Indeed, not two days ago did Zaza’s agent-father Antonio confirm what we all assumed to be true by telling the Italian press that his son-client had absolutely no desire to move to West Ham in the first place.
We’re trying to bring Simone back to Italy because he loves this country. We didn’t choose West Ham.
No-one forced us, but Simone never wanted to go abroad, he loves Italy and Serie A. Circumstances led to him going to the Premier League.
Now he’s gone and we look to the future.
What a waste of everybody’s time.