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Hoefkens denies attacking West Brom

West Brom defender Carl Hoefkens is disappointed after a week of controversy.

National newspapers carried stories last week stating the right-back had 'launched an attack' on Albion, and that he would quit both the club and England if the Baggies are relegated.

But Hoefkens told the club's website: "I spoke to one Belgian journalist last week - and that's it.

"But what I told the Belgian journalist is nothing like what appeared in the English newspapers. I only found out about these stories when a couple of friends called me on Thursday night - and I'm really annoyed.

"What I actually said about my future here was that if the club go down, my situation doesn't change and I don't get back in the team, then it is more than likely I will look to move on. That is just because I want to play first team football and every footballer has to look after their own career. I couldn't believe this stuff about me not wanting to play in England anymore!

"I love it over here. So does my wife. She nearly killed me when she read it! We both love living in England."

Hoefkens claims his biggest concern is that Baggies supporters who read the articles will now see him in an unfavourable light.

But he insists he is as committed as ever to the Albion cause and is certainly in no rush to leave the club.

"What's most annoying is the perception people - especially the supporters - who have read these articles will have of me, because they don't portray the type of person I am," added the former Stoke defender. "Of course I'm unhappy that I'm not playing. No player should be happy when they're out of the team.

"But I have got nothing against the club. I still think I can knuckle down and fight for my place, which is what I've done at every club I've played for. Whether or not I'm picked again this season, I'll be doing everything I can to help the club stay in the Premier League. I definitely wouldn't do anything to destabilise the club or the manager. I'm not that type of person and I want to reassure the supporters I would never turn my back on them like that.

"I had a fantastic time here last season. Winning the title will live with me forever. Of course, this season has been more difficult but I know, as a footballer, you have to come through bad periods as well."

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