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Fans' favourite keen to stay


Filed: Monday, 21st May 2018
By: Staff Writer


Popular goalkeeper Adrian has revealed that he wants to extend his stay at West Ham.

The Spanish goalkeeper has frequently been linked with a return to former club Real Betis since initially being dropped by David Moyes for on-loan 'keeper Joe Hart.

However having fended off the challenge of former England international Hart and regained his place in the starting XI, a candid Adrian insists that he wants to remain at West Ham and cement that first team slot.

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"I like to play, I like to enjoy playing and I want to be the number one, but I have to deserve it as well," he told whufc.com.

"This past season for me has been a bit disappointing and frustrating at times, but I have one more year on my contract and we will see more when the season has finished. I hope that I can continue to show I am here to help West Ham.

"I enjoy it here and I want to keep enjoying it. The West Ham fans welcomed me with open arms from day one and I feel their love every time that I play. Iím only 31 and feel that I want to play as many games as possible because I am at an age when I need to play."

And although he felt disappointed at having been overlooked for the Spanish World Cup squad - something that he feels was not helped by sitting on the bench for West Ham at times - Adrian believes he still has time to make a mark at international level.

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"Itís too late for the World Cup because I didnít play enough games, but I know that when I am playing I am in their minds," he surmised. "I will just continue to try my best here and hopefully more opportunities will come for West Ham and Spain."

Adrian joined West Ham on a free transfer in the summer of 2013, initially signing a two year deal with the option of a further two years. In 2015 when he was awarded an identical 'two plus two' contract, with the additional two-year clause triggered by West Ham last summer.





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