Mauro Zarate leaves West Ham to join Fiorentina

Date published: Thursday 21st January 2016 9:39 - Scott Anderson

Mauro Zarate: Thanked the club's "unique" fans

West Ham forward Mauro Zarate has joined Serie A side Fiorentina in deal believed to be £1.6million. 

Zarate has been linked with a move to Italy having struggled to cement a first-team place at Upton Park, and has now signed for the Italian side.

Zarate signed for the Hammers from Velez Sarsfield in the summer of 2014, but was loaned out to QPR last season.

The Argentine has started only nine games in the Premier League under Slaven Bilic this season, and has moved to Italy after less than two years in East London.

The 28-year-old, who has scored five Premier League goals for the Hammers, took to Twitter to publicly thank the club’s fans for their “unconditional support” ahead of his move to Italy.

Zarate said: “I would like to thank David Sullivan and David Gold for believing in me and for giving me the opportunity of playing at such a special club like West Ham.

“I would also like to thank my teammates for the good times we shared and wish them the very best for the future, and especially I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart all the West Ham fans for their unconditional support and affection, you are truly unique.

“Thank you all very much! COYI.”

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