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Antonio learning new skills!

Michail Antonio has revealed he is learning Spanish to help communicate with his team-mates.

The Hammers striker says it is unfair to expect foreign signings to immediately know how to speak English.

And he says that with the likes of Spaniard Pablo Fornals and the Italian defender Angelo Ogbonna both struggling with the language, he is taking steps to help smooth the path for them and communicate.

He has urged his team-mates and other footballers across the top-flight to follow his lead in learning a new language and making those players, like Fornals, feel welcome.

Speaking in a No Room for Racism video, transcribed by The Sun, he said: “Everyone all over the world can be in one changing room, can get along.

“Some of my closest friends are Angelo Ogbonna, who’s Italian, and Pablo Fornals who is Spanish. His English is good but is not proper.

“There’s enough for me to understand what he’s got to say and we can go out and have a meal and be able to speak to each other through it so it is quality.

“I’m trying to learn Spanish now – I feel like because of these players that are coming in.

“I shouldn’t just expect them to speak English, even though we are in England.

“I feel that I should try and make an effort to learn how they speak.”

Antonio has been in fine form this season, scoring two goals in five Premier League outings, as the Hammers have enjoyed a major upturn in form under manager David Moyes.

The 30-year-old will again lead the line against Manchester City on Saturday.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

3 comments on “Antonio learning new skills!

  1. Well its paying dividends hes only just scored a worldly against city.The reason hes been my favorite player is since an interview he gave after scoring a winning header against utd.He mentioned that afer training he goes back out and focuses on his weaker points,which was heading.His attitude is first class and i hope the bicycle kick goal gets him an England cap.

  2. Top man Mikey – proving again that he can do it against the best

    However Dave if you read his interview with the official site closely he only said that Pablo Fornals is struggling with English – not Ogbonna – I remember Nobes once commenting that Ogbonna (whose parents are from Nigeria) is very vocal on the field – and speaks several languages – I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Angelo’s English is actually pretty good

  3. Gotta love Antonio, excellent player & a thoroughly decent bloke all round, love the cheeky grin when he scores & misses, his attitude is excellent, something that is lacking in a lot of the premier league clubs & their top players.

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