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Middlesbrough new boy Downing: Bilic did not want me at West Ham

Stewart Downing has hit out at West Ham United boss Slaven Billic, claiming the Croatian didn't want him at the Hammers.


Downing has rejoined Middlesbrough after two years with West Ham and has claimed that Billic is the reason for his departure.

Downing told Sky Sports: "The change of manager was a big factor. If Sam (Allardyce) had stayed, then I'm sure he'd have had a good sit down to try to persuade me to stay.

"After speaking to Slaven I didn't get that feeling of someone who really wanted me there. He said, 'I'd love you to stay', but I didn't get the feeling that I got when Sam signed me."


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