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Moses Emotional In Crystal Palace Return

Nigeria international relishing return to boyhood club, where he had his breakthrough

West Ham forward Victor Moses will return to Crystal Palace on Saturday when he leads his side against his former team.

Moses went to school just a few streets away from Selhurst Park and was given his breakthrough into the professional game by ‘The Eagles’ after becoming one of the star performers at the club’s Academy.

The Nigeria international made his debut for the club back in 2007 and spent three-years at Palace before making a move to Wigan in 2010.

Moses, who joined West Ham on a season-long loan from Chelsea during the summer, said he will never forget his time in south London, but stressed he is now part of a new challenge at his latest club.

And the 24-year-old is determined to help ‘The Hammer’ maintain their superb away form following memorable victories at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Moses said: “I remember playing at Palace for Liverpool and the fans gave me a great reception. “I grew up there and spent most of my years at Palace. I really enjoyed my time there and it is good to see them in the Premier League.

“They have done really well this season and they will be a hard team to beat away from home

“I am a West Ham player now and I just want to enjoy my football and help us get the three points. He also hailed ‘The Hammers’ fans for supporting the team and the players.

“The West Ham fans always stick with the players and it is amazing how they support you all the time. I am very pleased to be here and enjoying my football,” he said. “Alan Pardew has been at West Ham before and he is now doing very well at Palace. He organises the team very well, but we are working hard in training to make sure we go there and get the three points.

“I believe in the team and we have a good manager. I think we are going to surprise a lot of teams this season and will be up there.” Moses has nothing but praise for the job Slaven Bilic has done since arriving at the Boleyn Ground during the summer and feels he is getting the best out of everyone in the squad.

Moses added: “Slaven is a top manager. He encourages you and gives you the right advice. He wants us to go out and enjoy our football. He wants me to do more as a player and help the team.

“He changed the philosophy of West Ham and everyone can see the difference. We are doing very well and we want to stick by him and do very well this season.”

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