West Ham goalkeeper Adrian is delighted his side have snapped up former Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa.
Arbeloa, who left Real Madrid earlier this summer, penned a one-year deal at West Ham last month.
Hammers goalkeeper Adrian, who is currently on international duty with Spain, was asked about Arbeloa’s arrival in east London in Marca and replied: “I do not know him personally, nor have I spoken with him. In a few days I will get to know him.
“I am delighted to have a new Spanish team-mate there (at West Ham). I am sure that he will help us and that he will do his bit so that we produce a phenomenal season at West Ham this year.”
Meanwhile, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has hailed new signing Alvaro Arbeloa as the “perfect option” to strengthen his squad.
“His CV is top of course,” Bilic said of the World Cup winner. “He was at Liverpool so he knows the Premier League.
“He had 10 years at Real Madrid and won everything. We were looking to strengthen that position, at least short-term and he was available and simply the perfect option for what we needed.
“We watched a lot of Real Madrid games like everybody else and he’s a great professional, a player of great experience and I’m sure he’s going to help us a lot.
“Make no mistake, he’s coming here as a player, not as a mentor, not as a coach.”
West Ham also confirmed the signing of Italy international Simone Zaza from Juventus in the days leading up to transfer deadline day and Bilic explained what he expects from the forward.
“He’s still young, hungry, great left foot, goalscorer, bit of that drive and positive wildness on the pitch that is very important for the team, the crowd,” said the Croatian.