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West Ham United midfielder Papa Bouba Diop is happy to pass on words of wisdom to the promising crop of talent rising through the ranks in east London.

The 33-year-old Senegalese international boasts 15 years of senior experience, playing domestic football in Switzerland, France, Greece and England along the way.

A shrewd signing by manager Sam Allardyce this summer, the free transfer addition hopes his experience in the game can help others learn some vital lessons during what is sure to be a difficult season in places.

"We have a lot of young players and it is important for the older ones to help the young ones coming through. They can listen to us and that is good. We have experience. Football can be complicated sometimes and it is important for everyone to always listen," he told the official West Ham website.

"I am a lucky guy to have had my career so far but you never know everything in the game and every day you must learn. It is important to talk together on the outside and on the inside as a team."

Bouba Diop is in no doubt that the Hammers will be able to mount a promotion charge during the campaign though, and highlights the recent performance against Nottingham Forest as a good indicator towards success.


Aware of the demands in an Npower Championship season, the former Fulham star is concentrating on reaching full fitness, and plans to help the side pick up points every time he plays.

"I am confident we can be promoted because we have quality players. They are Premier League players," he continued.

"If you saw how they did at Nottingham Forest, you can see they played well and scored four goals. If we continue like this, we can return to the Premier League at the end of the season."

"There are a lot of games in the Championship, two or three a week, but I am focused on getting stronger and helping the team to pick up points every time we play. I will work hard. The Championship is more demanding than the Premier League and it is different but I want to play."

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