West Ham United head of medical Stijn Vandenbroucke will make sure the Club has a presence at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.

Vandenbroucke will travel to South America to work with the Cameroon national squad, having previously struck up a close relationship with Indomitable Lions striker Samuel Eto'o during a previous post at Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

The Belgian, who returned to West Ham from Russia earlier this year after a spell as the Club's head of rehabilitation between 2009 and 2012, is looking forward to his first FIFA World Cup finals experience.

"I could have gone with Russia to the World Cup, while I would have preferred to go with Belgium but that was not an option," Vandenbroucke said with a smile. "I have a lot of work to do with West Ham in the off-season, but I had an offer to go with Cameroon that will allow me to go later and come back earlier.

"I didn't want to miss the World Cup, because this is an engagement I took before I came back to West Ham. My priority is West Ham and I will keep in close contact with the players and staff and prepare them for next season as best I can.

"I've been to the Asian Cup with China and the European Championship finals with Netherlands before, but this will be my first World Cup. It's great for the Club because our sports therapist Taka Yamamoto is going with Italy and our player liaison officer Tim De'ath is going with England. Cameroon is in the same group as Brazil, so I cannot wait for that game."

"I've had an atypical career journey, having worked everywhere - in China, the Middle East, Iran, Albania, Italy, France, Germany and England and now I'm going to the World Cup. I've learned a lot during my travels and now I want some stability in my life with West Ham."

Vandenbroucke said with firmness that his Cameroon commitments will not be at the expense of his work with the Hammers, as he will be keeping in close contact with the players during his time in Brazil.

"The squad had a good injury record during the final months of the season, which was encouraging. This was down to the hard work of the medical staff and also because we had less fixture congestion and less games during that period.

"For me, it has been nice to come back to West Ham and change a little bit of the way we work. I'm now head of medical and sports science and I brought two people with me on my return - a head physio Dominic Rogan and a rehab fitness coach Eduardo Parra - because it makes it easier for me if I can split the job. We now have three people instead of one doing the job and that gives me the freedom to work and prioritise on the important things.

"I haven't changed that much. We have a brilliant medical team, but we have changed the philosophy of how we train and how we rehab and prevent injuries. These have been little rather than major changes.

"We have sent the players away with personal fitness plans and we will be in email contact with them throughout the summer. They will get videos, too, so it's all individualised."

West Ham's players will spend the next few weeks recharging their batteries in preparation for their third season back in the Barclays Premier League.

In conjunction with the coaching staff, Vandenbroucke has helped put together a structured pre-season programme that will see the squad spend a week in France, nine days in New Zealand and a long weekend in Germany, as well as contesting a series of matches in England.

The head of medical believes the players will be better prepared for 2014/15 than any other season he has been involved with during his two spells with the Club.

"We will start pre-season training earlier than the other teams and it's very well-planned this summer. We are going to France, New Zealand and Germany and I'm looking forward to it."