West Ham United have completed the loan signing of the winner of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Alphonse Areola of Paris Saint-Germain.
The 28-year-old French international joins the Irons in an initial all-season deal, with the option of making the permanent transfer in the summer of 2022.
An outstanding goalkeeper, Areola has played more than 250 games for PSG and Real Madrid, winning four Ligue 1 and League titles and lifting a succession of other trophies. He spent last season with Fulham, where he excelled under former West Ham midfielder Scott Parker and won the club’s Player of the Year award.
Now, he will continue his career in East London and offer a top-class competition for the goalkeeping department as the Hammers prepare to challenge on four fronts.
We have a good staff. I saw matches last season, so I know the potential and talent of this squad, so I can’t wait to get started
“I’m happy,” said Areola, who has exceptional athleticism for a man who is 6.5 tall. “For me it was the best opportunity to sign for this club, to sign for West Ham and to do everything possible to help the team.
“London is a great place to live and work too, and obviously the Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world, so last season I really enjoyed it. It was tough for me and the team, but I enjoyed playing in the Premier League. We were without the fans, but this year we will have them again, so I can’t wait to see the atmosphere.
“West Ham had a great season last year. Obviously we have the Europa League, the Premier League and both cups, so it will be a tough season and a long season, but I think we will all enjoy it together.
“We have a very good staff. I saw matches last season, so I know the potential and talent of this squad, so I can’t wait to start.
Coach David Moyes was happy to secure another player whose talent and quality will improve his West Ham United squad.
“Alphonse is an experienced and talented goalkeeper who has played at the highest level and performed very well in the Premier League last season,” he said.
“As we prepare for a very busy schedule, it will offer a fantastic competition for goalkeepers who are already at the football club and we will have to use our staff to ensure maximum competition in all competitions.
“We have been aware of his qualities for a long time and we have no doubt that he will be another player and character who will improve our squad. We welcome Alphonse to West Ham United and look forward to working with him. “
We have been aware of his qualities for a long time and we have no doubt that he will be another player and character who will improve our squad.
Born in Paris to Filipino parents in February 1993, Areola began his football career at the Entente Sportive des Petits Anges (Little Angels Sports Club) in the city’s Palau-Bourbon district at the age of six.
At the age of 13, he joined PSG on a five-year training contract, spending the first three training sessions during the week at the famous Clairefontaine National Football Institute and playing for the club on weekends, before returning to PSG on time. complete at 16 years. summer of 2009.
Areola was just 20 years old when he made his first-team debut by winning 3-1 in Ligue 1 against Brest at Parc des Príncipes in May 2013. The following season, 2013/14, he starred in an all-season loan at the RC Lens. , helping the club win promotion and winning the award for best goalkeeper in League 2.
In the 2014/15 campaign, Areola, who was still 21, gave in to SC Bastia and helped the Corsican club reach the final of the League Cup.
A third period of successive loans meant that the block joined Villarreal, where he set a club record of 620 minutes without conceding a goal and helped the Spaniards reach the semifinals of the UEFA Europa League and finish fourth in the League.
Three seasons of development were rewarded with a place in the squad of the first team of PSG for the 2016/17 campaign, which ended with 27 appearances and three national trophies.
The following season, Areola was the undisputed number 1, which helped PSG win a national quadruple. He continued this success as part of the French team that won the 2018 World Cup in France in Russia and made his full international debut in Germany in September of the same year.
After winning consecutive Ligue 1 titles in 2018/19, Areola joined Real Madrid on loan as part of the deal that brought Keylor Navas to PSG and helped the Spanish giants win the title of the League.
Last season the Frenchman experienced the English Premier League for the first time during a loan spell with Fulham, where his outstanding performances made him vote as a player of the season for the whites.
Everyone at West Ham United would like to welcome Alphonse to London Stadium and wish him the best for his career at Claret and Blue.