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Alan 6:48 Thu Aug 9
Carlos Sanchez Signed
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Hammers sign Colombian international Carlos Sanchez

West Ham United are delighted to confirm the signing of Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez.



The experienced 32-year-old, who has 88 caps for his country, has joined the Hammers on a two-year contract from Italian club Fiorentina.

The defensive midfielder, who has appeared at five major tournaments, including two FIFA World Cup finals, is looking forward to working under Manuel Pellegrini.

“I’m very happy to be here. I’m very excited and looking forward to achieving lots," said Sanchez, who becomes West Ham's ninth summer signing. “I decided to come here because, first, it is the Premier League, second, it’s a beautiful club and the fans are always helping the club and, third, for me it’s an amazing opportunity and an amazing project the club are leading, being ambitious and keen to achieve good things.

“I’d like to thank all of the people, the whole club, for having me."

A move to West Ham represents Sanchez’s second spell in the Premier League, as he previously spent two seasons with Aston Villa between 2014 and 2016, and he is relishing his return to English football.

“I always dreamed of playing in the Premier League," he confirmed. "Previously, at Aston Villa, we started very well but sadly it didn’t end well, but I always maintained the same desire to return and here I am, with the same mission, with the same desire and dream and I’m very grateful to everyone at West Ham.”

Director of Football Mario Husillos welcomed the midfielder's arrival, saying: “Carlos is a very experienced player whose career I have always followed closely and with admiration.

“He made a great impression for Elche in Spain when I was Sporting Director with Malaga, and came back to Spain last season on loan with Espanyol - plus of course he already has experience of England and the Premier League from his time with Aston Villa.

“He has also been a regular in the first team for Colombia for many years, and was a very important player for them at the World Cup this summer.

“He has great quality as a holding midfielder. He can also cover other positions but it is as a defensive midfielder that he really excels. He is also a fantastic professional, with great character, who will be a very good personality within the dressing room.

“I have known the Colombia national team coach, Jose Pekerman, for many, many years, and he has always spoken very highly of Carlos.

“We are very happy that he has joined West Ham United and wish him great success in his time here.”

Born in the city of Quidbo in western Colombia, Sanchez kicked-off his professional career 3,100 miles away in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, with the Danubio club.

At 19, he moved to River Plate Montevideo, where he made his senior debut and played 40 times before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to join French club Valenciennes in 2007.

Sanchez spent six seasons in Ligue 1, making 185 appearances and scoring ten goals, before making the switch to Spanish club Elche for the 2013/14 season.

Aston Villa secured the South American’s services in summer 2014 and he would play 48 times in the Premier League over the course of two seasons.

After 18 months in Italy with Fiorentina, Sanchez spent the second half of last season at Espanyol in Spain, who he helped guide to La Liga safety with four wins in their final five matches.

Internationally, Sanchez has been a regular for Colombia since making his debut against Panama in May 2007.

He played alongside future Hammer Pablo Armero and against Carlos Tevez, Javier Mascherano and Pablo Zabeleta at his first major tournament, the 2011 Copa America, and featured at the South American championship finals again in 2015 and 2016.

At the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, he was an ever-present as Colombia reached the quarter-finals, and he was in the starting XI as La Tricolor reached the Round of 16 before being eliminated by England.

West Ham United would like to welcome Carlos and his family to London Stadium and wish him every success in his career in Claret and Blue.

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Full Claret Jacket 12:28 Sun Dec 15
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Written off and not really been given a chance. Odd appearances doesn't help fitting into a system. I agree that I wasn't enthused by his signing as he was awful for Villa in the past but given our team were being overrun and bullied every game I thought he might have had more game time. This guy doesn't shirk tackles and is built like a tank. It's a shame he's slow and sometimes reckless.
Either way it's a waste to have someone being paid loads that doesn't fit, isn't fit or just isn't going to contribute.
Personally I think he gets a lot of stick without really having done too much wrong for us.

eusebiovic 12:01 Sun Dec 15
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
I never saw him play well for Villa and they went down with him in the team...he liked a red and yellow card too

Sajmo1 10:11 Sun Dec 15
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Have you noticed that this article doesn't mention the fee we brought him for? It was basically for free. That's why we brought him. Same with wilshere and roberto..

Mex Martillo 10:10 Sun Dec 15
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Sanchez is a worry and I really hate defending a 1 goal lead, I’ve seen that go wrong far to often.

However, in Pellegrini’s defense. It was getting rather worrying midway through the second half and Southampton hit the cross bar and then the post. Those near misses stopped after Sanchez and then Diop came on so maybe Pellegrini’s negativity paid off.

Sven Roeder 8:26 Sun Dec 15
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He was at Villa in the season where they tailed away last and was utterly dismal.
So we had the chance to see him against Premier league opponents (including us).
We sign him and he is just as shit again.
Amazing, eh?

He is one of a group I’d be looking to sell in January or at least loan him if anyone if stupid enough to take him. Teams in Turkey are usually good for rubbish removal. China would be better as they might pay for him

Mike Oxsaw 6:43 Sun Dec 15
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Roan Z. Anchorless

Barty 5:52 Sun Dec 15
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Recently even, he was decent at the last world cup and that was probably the reason he was signed

Barty 5:48 Sun Dec 15
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
play*

Barty 5:47 Sun Dec 15
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
I´ve never seen him play well for West Ham but a few times for Columbia I´ve seen him played well

Manuel 5:39 Sun Dec 15
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Send a sub on to supposedly tighten things up and said sub ends up doing the exact opposite? Get out, Pellegrini.

Barty 5:34 Sun Dec 15
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
He´s completely past it

He needs to be shipped out and replaced in January

Westham67 6:43 Fri Aug 9
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Shit is he from Wiki

Sánchez was included in Colombia's squad for the 2015 Copa América, where he was credited with "dominating" Neymar during his man of the match performance in the 1–0 group stage defeat

angryprumphs 6:38 Fri Aug 9
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Mart O 10:59 Fri Aug 9
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed

That would explain what happened to the Rio money, except without the decent player.

Westham67 6:36 Fri Aug 9
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
He has 82 caps for Columbia so maybe not just a spare part

Jasnik 6:32 Fri Aug 9
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
At this point if we are closing a game out I would rather bring on Noble than Sanchez.

Mart O 10:59 Fri Aug 9
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
camel-with-3-humps 12:00 Fri Aug 9

"Mate who works in football high up says over and over again that clubs will often do agents favours by taking on 'dodgy' players to get other good players.

That's how the system works across many, but not all agents.

Swears it's true."


Interesting point this. Given that not dissimilar stuff goes on in all kinds of businesses, I'd be more surprised if it didn't than if it did in one as dodgy as this.

Apparently his agents also manage Issa Diop, who signed the month before Sanchez. Just sayin'....

Agent Scud 9:31 Fri Aug 9
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
fraser 9:27 Fri Aug 9

I do have a few reservations about his ability but try not to let it come through too strong in my posts.

fraser 9:27 Fri Aug 9
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Scud - Are you saying you're not a fan then.. Trying to read between the lines here..

Agent Scud 9:21 Fri Aug 9
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
fraser 10:05 Thu Aug 8
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed

I'd like to see him fail in crossing the road.

Bernie 12:05 Fri Aug 9
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
This bloke might not even make the bench.

It's hilarious how some of you are going on!

camel-with-3-humps 12:00 Fri Aug 9
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Mate who works in football high up says over and over again that clubs will often do agents favours by taking on 'dodgy' players to get other good players.

That's how the system works across many, but not all agents.

Swears it's true.

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