27-year-old West Ham United striker Mauro Zarate is set to leave Upton Park and join QPR on loan until the end of the season. The Daily Mirror carry quotes from Zarate who is seemingly bitter toward West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.
Mauro Zarate was part of the revelation at the Hammers this summer as the forward joined along with Diafra Sakho. Both were to replace the injured Andy Carroll and both hit the ground running with goals that propelled West Ham to near the top of the Premier League. However Zarate fell out of favour and is now set to join QPR on loan.
The Argentinean born striker began his career with Velez Sarsfield in his native country and has played for a number of clubs over his time including a loan spell with Birmingham City, Inter Milan and Lazio. West Ham purchased Zarate from Velez Sarfield in May 2014 where he had returned the previous season.
Zarate though was bought by West Ham’s owner David Sullivan, not manager Sam Allardyce meaning he was often out of favour in the first half of the campaign. Zarate has now taken a parting shot as he joins QPR, saying: “I now have the chance to play for a coach who has faith in me and will not allow his personal feelings to get in the way of what is good for the team.”
Zarate continued: “I respect the other strikers at the club who have done a good job but I believe my record entitles me to respect and I have not had that from the manager. The chairman has confidence in me. I know this because he brought me to the club but for this reason the manager has refused to play me. He did not want me.”
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By Gareth Thomas | December 30th, 2014