He said: "When I was a youth-team player at Chelsea, Steve Clarke was the one who pushed me through to the first-team. I've always appreciated him from then.
"When he came to Upton Park, I was like, 'Wow, we've got Steve Clarke here, he's going to get the best out of me, I know he loves me as a player', and it helped me. I know he's going to try and bully me, but I've got a few tricks up my sleeve. Hopefully, I can outwit him."