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Zarate came off the bench to make his first Fiorentina appearance last weekend.

Mauro Zarate criticises treatment shown by West Ham following Fiorentina transfer

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Having completed a move to Serie A's Fiorentina last week, ex-West Ham striker Mauro Zarate has hit out at his former club for the way they treated him.

The 28-year-old struggled for regular football during his first season at the Boleyn Ground after signing in May 2014, which saw the Argentine spend the second half of the season on loan at Queens Park Rangers.

Following his return to east London last summer, however, game time remained an issue under manager Slaven Bilic, even despite a strong start to the new campaign.

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Zarate endured a frustrating spell with the Hammers, that much is certain, with the 28-year-old expressing such feelings after being unveiled as a Fiorentina player by manager Paulo Sousa.

He said, according to Sky Sports: "I'm happy to be back in Italy with a great team, and to show how I can play.

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"It's a good chance for me to get back on track. In England, it was good because English football is enjoyable, but I wasn't too comfortable with my role at the club and that's why I decided to come here.

"I prefer to play in a free, attacking role, one that allows me to roam. I've already spoken with Sousa and he has assured me I'll have that."

Goals against Arsenal, Chelsea and West Brom in the opening months of the new campaign suggested there was a future yet for the striker, but after 22 games played in the Premier League, Zarate started just nine times and made six appearances from the bench.

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With game time and the positions in which he was played proving an issue, the 28-year-old upped sticks and now resides in Italy, where he spent four years at Lazio from 2009 to 2013.

Zarate made his debut for the Viola during their 2-0 victory over Torino last weekend, coming on as a substitute for Nikola Kalinic.

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