Di Michele dashes return talk
David Di Michele has refuted suggestions that he could be set for a quick-fire return to Torino.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 30/12/08 11:31am
West Ham striker David Di Michele has refuted suggestions that he could be set for a quick-fire return to Torino.
The Hammers ace is currently on loan at Upton Park from the Turin giants, with that agreement scheduled to run until the end of the season.
The 32-year-old had first sought to leave Italy after suffering a fall-out with then Torino manager Gigi De Biasi.
With Walter Novellino having now taken the Stadio Olimpico hot-seat there have been suggestions that Di Michele may welcome the opportunity to head back home.
However, despite struggling to hold down a regular role in England, the experienced front-man insists he is happy to fight for his place with the Hammers.
"I have heard news regarding my return to Turin, but I am only thinking about doing well for West Ham," he said.
"Anyway, it does not depend on me since I am on loan.
"Here in England I settled well and although I haven't been playing much recently I want to prove myself."
Di Michele has scored just two goals in 12 appearances for Gianfranco Zola's side, but the West Ham boss insists he has no intention of allowing his countryman to leave.
"We have several quality players and it is understandable that big clubs are after them," said the Italian coach.
"However, we are not planning to sell."