FORMER West Ham star Dani Carvalho has revealed he “cried every day” during his time on loan at the Premier League club.
The former Portuguese midfielder, now 40, joined the Hammers on loan from Sporting Lisbon in 1996.
But Carvalho revealed he didn’t enjoy his time in England.
Speaking to Tribuna Expresso, Carvalho said: “For the first two or three weeks I cried every day.
“I spent hours on the phone with my parents. I was 18, alone in London, living in a two-story apartment with no driving license.
“I felt isolated and missed the day-to-day stuff as I used to have dinner with my parents and my sister every day.”
Carvalho also revealed London was probably the worst place to be sent given his chequered history involving the opposite sex.
He added: “One of the newspapers wrote ‘Lock up your daughters! Dani has arrived!’
“Then I was contacted by a modelling agency who built and strengthened my image as a ‘handsome boy’.
“They started to take me to the film premieres and they introduced me to producers and so on and that’s when I began to live London life in earnest.
“I was suddenly with Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis and Kate Moss by my side at movie premieres.
“The Twelve Monkeys was the first one I went to. Sometimes I couldn’t believe what was happening!
“I thought it was a joke to be in those places so I tried to play and maintain that social life.”
Carvalho also revealed how he lost all respect for then-Hammers boss Harry Redknapp over his management of him.
He added: “West Ham had an option to buy me, but the price wasn’t set.
“When I arrived West Ham were were 16th in the table and after I got there we were soon up to seventh or eighth.
“A month or so before the end of the season we went to Spain for a week and they spent the day playing golf and drinking beer.
“The coach, Harry Redknapp, had the nerve to tell me, ‘I’m going to pull you out of the team until the end of the season so your price will go down – then I’ll buy you’.
“I asked him not to do this because I had the chance to go to Euro 96 [with Portugal] and if I did not play it would be difficult for that to happen.
“He said ‘I don’t care, I want you here next season so you won’t play any more’.
“I snapped and went home but my manager, Jose Veiga, and father convinced me to return.
“So I came back but I wouldn’t even look at him, we had no relation at all.
“He began to say that I was a bad professional, said that I smoked and couldn’t behave myself – all this despite the fact that I was hoping to play at the Euros at the age of 18.
“I attended training because I had to go, but if he talked to me and asked to do something I wouldn’t do it.
“I’d totally lost respect for him. Redknapp didn’t do well with me, [Paulo] Futre, [Hugo] Porfirio, or half the players I trained with.”
Following his brief time at West Ham – playing just nine times, scoring twice – Carvalho joined Ajax, before spells at Benfica and Atletico Madrid.
He made nine appearances for his country, between 1995 and 2000.