Tristan rediscovers 'desire'
Diego Tristan has revealed he feels reborn under West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 16/03/09 9:37am
Diego Tristan has revealed he feels reborn under West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola.
The experienced Spanish striker joined the Hammers on a free transfer from Livorno last October.
Tristan has so far failed to start since signing for the club, but insists he has rediscovered his love for the game as he pushes for a chance against West Brom on Monday, in the absence of the suspended Carlton Cole.
"I have recovered my desire to play and I look forward to training every day," said Tristan in the Daily Mirror.
"It was not so much I had lost the desire, but my last few months with Deportivo were not good, nor my time with Mallorca either.
"People in Spain thought I was finished at the top level but I knew it wasn't true. The change of air has done me good and it is like starting my career again.
"Now I am enjoying a new experience. My coach here, Gianfranco Zola, keeps saying I have plenty more goals in me.
"I have to work hard because Carlton Cole is doing well and has even been called up by England. So I have to take my chances when I get them.
"But despite picking up a knock, I have scored my first league goal and, at 33, there is a lot of football left in me."