He said: "Zola is a fantastic guy, really enthusiastic. He is a footballing man and all the boys are really pleased with the way things have gone so far.
"If I was not held in such high regard at West Ham and being captain and very proud of that. Why leave somewhere where I am one of the most important people at the club?
"I don't mean that in an arrogant way. I mean it is such a responsibility and I relish it."