Areola completes permanent Hammers deal

West Ham United have confirmed the permanent transfer of goalkeeper, Alphonse Areola from Paris Saint-Germain.

The stopper penned a five-year deal at the London Stadium following a year-long loan deal which saw his start in the East Londoners run to the semi-final stages of the UEFA Europa League.

The 29-year-old, who has been capped three times by the French national team, expressed his delight at completing the move to East London: “I feel good, I feel great, I’m happy to sign and happy to stay here permanently and I can’t wait to start to train and to do the job,” he told www.whufc.com.

“The main thing is that I felt the love of the supporters last season. Something for me that is really important is to feel that I’m loved. I know that I have to do my job and to do everything to make them happy, and obviously also the team, my teammates, the staff and Xavi Valero as well. The vibe of last season was great, so I just wanted to do everything to stay here.

“I feel comfortable, I feel like when I’m signing in a club, I want to feel that it’s like my second family. Obviously, we’re here every day and we are sharing lots of times together, so I have to feel comfortable with everyone and feel them comfortable with me as well, so I just feel comfortable here.”

Meanwhile, Hammers boss, David Moyes, added: “He brings proven quality and experience at the highest level, both on the domestic and international scene. We’re delighted he’s with us permanently and look forward to welcoming him back for pre-season.”

Brian Jeeves

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