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Ex-West Brom winger Yassine El Ghanassy: I became a football tramp, almost homeless

Former West Brom midfielder Yassine El Ghanassy finds himself a free agent.

El Ghanassy admits his career has gone downhill since he moved to the Baggies.

At Ghent, he was courted by AC Milan and Manchester City, before joining West Brom. However, after flopping at the Hawthorns, he didn't last long at Heerenveen, struggled at Al Ain in UAE, before ending up in Norway with Stabaek.

At 25, he is now a free agent.

"I almost became a homeless person," he said. "A football tramp."

El Ghanassy also told Sport/Voetbalmagazine: "I took every two or three days off. Especially when I was without a club. Then you get up at three o'clock in the afternoon, you feel bad and you need to forget how far you've fallen.

"I have squandered much. When I look at my bank account and see that half of it is gone, I have sworn. 'F***, what have I done? Why have I gone there? Why do I pay it? Why do I give this guy money?'

"You know very well that people are not going to pay you back. Always the same stupidities, day and night."

He hopes his season in Norway has restored his reputation.

"I have a good season behind me at Stabaek and I've rediscovered the fun of football. I am now looking for a new challenge.

"Am I burned in Belgium? Maybe, but it..."

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