He wasn’t the only one
It is fair to say that Julien Faubert did not exactly set the Premier League on-fire during his time at West Ham. The £6 million signing struggled with injuries and form since arriving at Upton Park in 2007. You can understand then that he would think a proposed move to Real Madrid was a work of fiction. But the Frenchman had not reckoned on the fact that eagle-eyed Premier League talent scout Juande Ramos is now in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Faubert said: “I got a call from a Madrid agent but I didn’t really take it seriously. I thought he was winding me up. Then a few minutes later my agent called me to tell me it wasn’t a joke.”
The ex-Bordeaux man also revealed the dangers of playing for West Ham. He continued: “I couldn’t see a way out [of West Ham]. I thought I would be staying at West Ham, suffering mentally.”