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Cole reiterates his commitment to West Ham United

Carlton Cole wants to see out his career at West Ham United.

The 28-year-old has been at Upton Park since the summer of 2006, and he has gone on to make 187 league appearances for the London club. However, he is in the final year of his contract with the club, and he faces a fight to earn a place in Sam Allardyce’s starting eleven due to the summer loan arrival of Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.

Despite this competition Cole is more than up for the battle, and he is also hoping to persuade his employers to offer him a new deal. Indeed, given the choice, the England international, won the last of his seven caps back in 2010, is hoping to pen a new agreement which would allow him to finish his career with the Hammers.

"I don't want to leave," Cole told The Sun. "I've told the board that I want to stay for the rest of my career. I want to stay and help out the club anyway I can. Because Andy Carroll is here, it doesn't mean I am going to go. I've never been one to lie down.

“I see it as good competition having him here. It will be good for the club and for me because it makes me up my game and set my goals higher. By the end of the season you will see a different me and a different team as we'll be working well together." 

Although Cole was on the bench for the weekend win over Southampton, he has actually started five of their eight games in the Premier League this season and has made two further appearances as a substitute. This compares favourably to Carroll, who has three and one to his name respectively.

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