Scaloni eyes World Cup spot
By Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lionel Scaloni says he moved to West Ham to keep his World Cup hopes alive.Lionel Scaloni has spoken of his reasons for moving to West Ham on loan, revealing that he believes a spell in London could help him secure a World Cup spot with Argentina.
The Deportivo La Coruna club captain, who has won five caps for the South American nation, has seen his playing time restricted in Spain and moved to The Hammers on transfer deadline day to replace the departed Tomas Repka.
Scaloni will have seen his new team-mates beat Arsenal 3-2 on Wednesday night, and the 27-year-old believes his World Cup hopes will be well served under the guidance of Alan Pardew.
"There is a World Cup very near and I want to have the chance to play more frequently," Scaloni told Radio La Red.
"West Ham appeared and I think it's a very good opportunity for that.
"I think that I will have more chances for playing than in Spain.
"After eight years of being in Spain I thought that this was the moment for moving to another league at least for some time because I wasn't being in the consideration of the coach.
"I was very comfortable in Spain, I was totally adapted to the country after living there for so much time, but I love this chance that I have because I always wanted to know The Premier League.
"It's a league very different to any other so it's going to be a very good experience and a very good personal challenge."