Jose Fonte apparently refused to take part in a friendly game for ​West Ham before he left the club to join Chinese side Dalian Yifang.


The 34-year-old joined the Hammers at the beginning of 2017 from ​Southampton, but featured in only 24 games for the club. His time there was severely disrupted after he picked up an injury at the end of October in a 2-2 draw against ​Crystal Palace, which kept him out until January.


The defender did not make another appearance for the club before ​joining Dalian Yifang last week for a fee of around £5m.

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However, it seems in the build up to his move he was proving to be a problem for West Ham boss David Moyes. According to former Celtic midfielder David Provan, the Portuguese star refused to turn out for the Hammers in a friendly game that was meant to help him get match fit.


Provan wrote in the the Scottish Sun: "A couple of weeks ago I mentioned David Moyes arranging a reserve game to get an injured player match-fit.


"The game was at Dagenham and Redbridge and to Moysey’s frustration Jose Fonte didn’t fancy pulling on his boots at the National League club’s ground.

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"Now, Fonte is signing for Dalian Yifang in the Chinese Super League. He couldn’t cross London for a reserve game but is answering the call of the cash register five thousand miles away. Don’t you love the modern-day player?"


Moyes recently revealed that Fonte left West Ham in a bid to make Portugal's squad for this summer's World Cup. The 54-year-old said, as quoted by ​Sky Sports: "It's a choice that Jose wanted to make at 34-years-old. He felt it was the right thing for his career at this time. 

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"It gives him the chance to try something new and he wants to get into the Portugal squad for the World Cup. If he was playing regularly he has a better chance. He's just back from injury and has got himself back into condition to play. We wish him good luck. He's been a really good professional since I have been here."


The Hammers are currently 13th in the ​Premier League as they prepare to play ​Swansea City away from home on Saturday. 

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