Former West Ham United striker Frederic Kanoute dropped in to watch his old side when they travelled to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City last Sunday.

The Malian striker, now 36, was at the game as a guest of Citizens midfielder Yaya Toure, and was delighted to combine the trip with seeing the Hammers in action.

Kanoute scored 29 Premier League goals in 84 appearances for West Ham before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur in 2003, and although he has since played for Sevilla and Beijing Guoan, he will always hold the Club close to his heart.


He said: "I was here to see my ex-team. I was invited to the game by my friend Yaya Toure and I was happy to see the game.

"I watch the games at home sometimes, whenever I can. I still have a very close relationship personally with West Ham because I will always be grateful for the way they treated me when I arrived in England, back in 2000. It's always a pleasure to see them.

"There's still some people here from my time at the club, like Pete Williams the kit man and Mark Noble. I played with Joe Cole back in the day, too. It has changed a lot, but it's always good to see them.

"They've had two solid years since returning to the Premier League and I think from here they have to build it up and hopefully they can reach a higher position in the next couple of years."

For Kanoute himself, he is now focused on his career after football following his retirement at the end of 2013 after a spell in China.

He explained: "I stopped playing a few months ago, and now I've set up my own management company - 12 Management.

"Part of the reason I was at the Etihad on Sunday was that I was doing the official launch in England.

"I've started working on something else - sometimes I miss football a bit, but I have to do something else now."