Alex Song wants to stay at England following his loan spell

West Ham United midfielder Alex Song has insisted that he “would love” to stay in London after the conclusion of his loan spell with the Hammers, which is expiring at the end of the season.

The 27-year-old is due to make a return to La Liga giants Barcelona at the end of the current campaign. However, the Cameroonian said:

“At the moment I am very happy here. My family is happy. The most important thing is happiness. I will see what happens and then I will make my decision at the end of the year.

“My future will be in England. I think I have more opportunities to stay in London because I have my house in London, my family live here, my kids have a lot of friends in London. Somewhere in my mind says ‘I have to stay in London’. I would love to stay here but I don’t know what I will choose at the end of the season. At the moment I am just happy to do my job and then we will see.

“What hurt me was my kids because they saw me playing every single week at Arsenal and then, when I left, my boys come to me and say ‘Daddy, why are you not playing? Because the manager doesn’t like you?’ It was hard for me to explain that Barcelona is not easy and there are a lot of good players. My boys said to me yesterday: ‘Daddy, I don’t want to leave here. You have to stay.’ They love London. They are very happy here.”

The Barcelona loanee has recently announced his retirement from an international duty with Cameroon after being not named in the Africa Cup of Nations squad.

Song has made 12 Premier League appearances so far this season for the Hammers.