Scott Parker impresses Avram Grant


West Ham United boss Avram Grant is delighted that skipper Scott Parker chose to shun a move away from Upton Park before the transfer window slammed shut at the end of August.

The 29-year-old midfielder was a target for capital rivals Tottenham Hotspur, but opted to stay put and agree a new contract with the Hammers.

Grant told reporters:"We want to build a team for the future and need players like Scott Parker for this.

"I am very happy that Scott stayed. We are speaking a lot about the money involved in football and I don't think money is everything.

"I think it is important, but I don't think it's everything. I don't want that players will say they will go to a place where they are paid more or they will not play where they are paid less.

"I think they need to check and need to see all picture – what is the vision of the club.

"They can be part of this and not just go where anybody can buy you. I think Scott Parker saw all the picture and I'm happy he stayed here.

"Anywhere you are a top player and are on good money and sometimes you need to choose where will be good for you, sometimes this is not always to be in the big club.

"I think that he made a good decision. It's not easy, but remember he was in a big club – he was at Chelsea before – so he knows how it is to be in a big club and he knows how it is to be in a different position."

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