West Ham United attacker Mauro Zarate is hoping to follow in the same path as former Manchester United and City striker Carlos Tevez, Mirror reports.

Zarate also mentioned how he was convinced to join the Hammers by Man City star Sergio Aguero.

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After the last season, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was told his team had to be entertaining, forcing ‘Big Sam’ to hire Teddy Sheringham as his new attacking coach.

And according to Zarate it has paid off, as the 27-year-old praised the ex-Man United striker after his magnificent volley led to a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

“He has really helped me,” said the Argentine. “We have been practicing volleys like that in training. From the edge of the box – the same.

“He was very happy and ­celebrated the goal, too. I am very happy because I scored. That is my job.”

The former Lazio ace also had a loan stint with Birmingham City back in 2008, and now returns to the Premier League after winning the Supercopa Argentina with Velez Sarsfield last season.

“I really like the Premier League so I wanted to come back,” said Zarate, who escaped after a nasty challenge on Stuart O’Keefe.

“I speak with Aguero and ­sometimes we have dinner together. Always I told him that I wanted to come back to England. He said: ‘Come, come’. He said West Ham was a good move for me.”

He went on to add his thought on Tevez:

“He is a star, he won everything,” Zarate said. “The Champions League with Manchester United, everything with Manchester City. Now he is with Juventus. I am very different.

“Thank you for comparing me with him. I know he was very popular with West Ham fans. I hope I can have the same impact.”

 

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