Alou Diarra says he is determined to fight for his West Ham United place in the Premier League season.
The France international spent a successful spell on loan at Ligue 1 club Rennes last term but has returned to the Boleyn Ground in the best of form ready to make the most of his second opportunity.
He has made just six appearances for the Hammers since arriving in east London from Marseille for Â£2million in 2012.
"I want to fight this season with West Ham," he exclusively told West Ham TV. "I'll give 100 per cent in training and I'll wait for my chance.
"I want to give my best for West Ham and we'll see. I'm ready to play in the Premier League now.
"Pre-season has gone well. We work hard every day, and we've only lost one game so it has been a good start for us."
Diarra blamed missing out on a full pre-season for not playing a full part in last term's impressive 10th placed finish.
"It is a very different pre-season for me," the Frenchman added. "It's a big chance for a pl...