CHRISTIAN THANKS HAMMERS FOR SUPPORT
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The midfielder admits he has made some mistakes in his career after breaking through as 18-year-old with Lyon, although he feels he picked up some valuable experience during his loan stint at Upton Park.
Indeed, the Frenchman concedes that he was assisted by The Hammers, who helped him through some difficult moments of personal crisis.
"The difference between Division One and Division Two is not so important," he said. "For me, it is more a new start, a new challenge.
"In Rennes, I was perhaps wrong to think it would be easy.
"I got a slap in the face.
"Moreover, my loan to West Ham, injuries, family bereavements were added to all that.
"With the experience, I think I left Lyon too early.
"When you are young, you make mistakes. At that time, I would have liked to have had my present lucidity."
As for West Ham, Bassila was happy to play for the East Londoners, despite injury blighting his spell in The Premiership.
"In West Ham, considering my state of mind, it was logical that I would be substitute," he admitted. "But I worked well.
"My team-mates, Fred Kanoute, Marc Keller and Kaba Diawara, always supported me.
"My English team-mates too and I want to thank them.
"I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel."