Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 3/6/13
Joe Cole has admitted he was wrong to join Liverpool because of his lack of passion for the club, but could also not have joined Tottenham . Cole returned to West Ham for a second spell in January, after two-and-a-half forgettable years at Anfield. He concedes that he made a mistake in heading for Merseyside as a free agent in 2010, after seeing his contract run down at Chelsea . Cole says he never adapted to life at Liverpool, but claims he was left with little choice but to make a move as he could not bring himself to turn out for Tottenham Hotspur. The 31-year-old midfielder said in The Sun: "I can only play for teams that I'm passionate about and I think that's what went wrong for me at Liverpool. "I didn't feel a connection with the club or the place that I had at Chelsea and West Ham. "I had seven great years at Chelsea but the club wanted to go in a certain direction and I wasn't involved. So I was left with two real options - Liverpool or Spurs. "Spurs was probably the best option because they were offering me a five-year deal and it meant I could stay in familiar surroundings. "But I just couldn't do it, I just couldn't see myself pulling that Spurs shirt over my head. With the rivalry between Spurs and West Ham and Chelsea, it felt a bit mercenary." Having re-joined the club that helped to launch his career, Cole is hoping to recapture his best form and hang up his boots as a West Ham player. He added: "I was missing London and my family and I had a personal tragedy in December when my brother-in-law died. "I got an opportunity to go back to West Ham and I don't want to move any more."
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