Nocerino thanks fans for support

Antonio Nocerino has thanked West Ham United fans for their support during his loan spell in east London.

The Italy international spent four months with the Hammers on loan from Serie A club AC Milan, making ten Barclays Premier League appearances and impressing with his technique, work-rate and commitment.

While Nocerino admitted he would like to have spent more time on the pitch in a West Ham shirt, that did not prevent him from striking up a rapport with the Claret and Blue Army.

"Now the season has finished and my loan has ended, I would like to make a personal message to the fans and to everyone who works at the Club to say 'Thank you' to everybody for the splendid four months I have spent here," said the No47.

"I was really happy and settled at West Ham and in London and I got to know some great people.

"Above all, I have had the honour of playing for a historic English Premier League club."

Naples-born Nocerino has now returned to Italy with his wife and two children, with a third set to be born later this year, but he has remained in contact with his recent team-mates through text message and social media.

The 29-year-old was quick to congratulate goalkeeper Adrian on the Spaniard's three trophies at the recent Player Awards - an illustration of the close relationships he struck up during his stay at the Boleyn Ground. Indeed, his only regret is that he did not spend more time on the pitch in a West Ham shirt.

"I am sorry only that the fans didn't get to see all of my qualities on the pitch," he continued.

"I am very happy for the fact that, from the first day I have been here, the fans have shown me affection and kindness.

"What I can say is that West Ham will have one more fan following my time at the Club. Thanks to everyone and good luck for next season."