Luis Boa Morte has revealed his intention to remain at West Ham and push for a starting berth.
The Portugal international endured a difficult 2008/09 campaign with the Hammers as he struggled for consistency.
Certain sections of the Upton Park support publicly lambasted his below-par performances and he was tipped to move on this summer.
However, with one year still remaining on his current contract at West Ham, Boa Morte is determined to silence his critics and prove his worth.
"I thought I should stay and fight for my place," he told Desporto.
Plans"I still intend to play three more years abroad.
"I have one more year at West Ham and then two more after that. Where I play those two years, assuming all goes well, we will see."
While keen to remain on foreign soil for the foreseeable future, Boa Morte has admitted than he would welcome the opportunity to end his career in his homeland.
"I intend to finish in Portugal," he added.
"I would love to play at least one year at Belenenses. I also like Setubal and Guimaraes."