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Ex-West Ham midfielder Behrami happy to be gone

Fiorentina's Valon Behrami says he is glad he is no longer at the club after seeing them relegated this season.

The Swiss midfielder departed Upton Park for the Viola in January and says it is a relief that he will not be there to play under Sam Allardyce in the Championship next term, feeling that perhaps the Hammers should never have gotten rid of Gianfranco Zola.

"I don't like to play that way," he said.

"I like to play like Zola wanted to play, every time with the ball, every time trying to be attractive as well.

"They sacked him [Zola] for no reason. We'd had a difficult season but we secured safety two or three games before the end of the season, even though we'd had a lot of difficult situations with the club and the takeover.

"All the team was with him. We felt that, with him as manager, we could improve. I know that is how I felt.

"So the players were very, very sad when they sacked him and the first day with the new manager was difficult to accept."

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