Behrami to 'give everything'

Valon Behrami has pledged to show West Ham United fans that he is fully committed to the cause after a difficult summer.

The Switzerland midfielder was linked with a move back to Italy, with his young family based in Rome. However, a deal did not materialise ahead of the transfer window closing this week and Behrami is only thinking now of succeeding in his third season in London.

The 25-year-old especially wants to repay the supporters who have appreciated his whole-hearted approach since he first signed from S.S. Lazio two years ago.

"After the transfer window was closed," he said. "Everything was OK for me. I am concentrating 100 per cent to give this club good results. There is nothing more in my head.

"In the last three weeks, the manager and the chairman have both helped me a lot because they understood the situation. Of course in football, there is the business side as well. We didn't find the right solution for the club and for me.

"I now just want to try to help everyone here, the people who have helped me with a difficult moment [in my life]. Now we as a team are in a difficult moment and I give everything.

"I feel that the fans understand my situation and they will help me like they did in my first two years at West Ham. And they will also do that for the third year. They know I try to give 100 per cent, sometimes it was good, sometimes not - but if we are all together I feel we can do something good this year."

Behrami was particularly eager to recognise that the supporters had stood by him during a hugely difficult time when recovering from a serious knee injury suffered in March 2009.

"This club has given me a lot of things and helped me when I was injured. I never want it to look like I want to leave because it is difficult. The club knows I had a personal private problem in my life. I tried to go back to Italy to solve this problem. We didn't find the right solution and I am happy to stay here.

"I never tried to move to any other club in England or Germany or wherever.  I am here and I will give 100 per cent for this club and the supporters."

Behrami's situation has been complicated by ongoing injury niggles - especially last season - but he has worked extremely hard in recent weeks with the club's medical staff to make a playing return. He has not gone on international duty in a bid to get back and help the club's cause - perhaps even starting with Chelsea on Saturday week.

"It is good for me to stay here and work hard. The big thing was we worked on in this last month was about my problems of last season. Sometimes I was in, sometimes out and I want to forget. I don't want that to happen again. I just want to play and that is why it was good this last month to work hard. I feel good and ready for the new season.

"After my bad injury, I didn't feel like before. This was very frustrating. Now after this month I am happy about my condition and waiting to start my season.

"We are in a situation which is difficult we know but it is just the fourth game in the season. Still a lot of games to play. We have to play but not worry about the situation.

"We have to play to give everything. We have nothing to lose against Chelsea. Sometimes when we have this kind of game, this team reacts very well. Especially when we play at our home our fans help us and they expect us to give everything."