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Alan 6:48 Thu Aug 9
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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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White Pony 1:33 Sun Aug 12
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I've watched him play quite a bit as I watch Fiorentina. He really is not as bad as loads of people on here are making out. I'm not going to pretend he's the best DM in the world, but he can tackle well and anticipate danger. If he has a role to break up play, he's good. He's not box to box or a Kante, but he's a decent squad addition, that's it. Stop pretending he's shi t based on a few snippets you've seen just because you're desperate to have a negative opinion.

mongo 1:27 Sun Aug 12
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The first goal here is a perfect example of Carlos Sanchez the 'specialist man marker'.


Lets also not forget his brilliant man marking job on Harry Kane in the World Cup this year. The bloke is absolute toilet

jakehammer 1:32 Sat Aug 11
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lily, "yid infested England" love it. ag ag ag..

onsideman 1:18 Fri Aug 10
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I'm not entirely sure how giving an opinion on a player on a thread about that player can really be construed as stalky...however extreme that opinion might be

Maybe because the fact that most of the stats tend to support my opinion more closely than they do yours you're a bit upset because they might make you look a bit like a know nothing prick

Anyhow I will take your advice and leave it alone and we'll let Carlos' football do the talking...for better or for worse.

If he turns out to be better than I expected...by which I dont mean world-beating...I will return and offer my sincerest apologies

Takashi Miike 12:47 Fri Aug 10
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tim vickery, the spurs loving cunt

Russ of the BML 12:41 Fri Aug 10
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Lily Hammer 12:39 Fri Aug 10


Lily Hammer 12:39 Fri Aug 10
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As you were, Russ. What I wrote was not so much a critique of Sanchez, but more another chance to have a pop at the seasonal melts, tottenham.

Russ of the BML 12:32 Fri Aug 10
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onsideman 11:39 Fri Aug 10

Your stalky obsession with trying to prove this bloke is shit is making you look like an odd-ball. Do yourself a favour and have a day off.

Russ of the BML 12:31 Fri Aug 10
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Northern Sold 11:36 Fri Aug 10

"I was pissed mind you"

Makes a change ;o)

Russ of the BML 12:30 Fri Aug 10
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Lily Hammer 11:38 Fri Aug 10

No, possibly not. But still they pinned us right back and never gave us a yard of space.

Don't forget, he still did a job on Neymar too.

I am not saying he is a world beater. Just saying that from what I have heard and seen he looks decent. I have more hope than others who seem to talk like they have stalked the bloke through his career and watched every game to make a judgement that he is totally shit. I just don't get it.

I see my own thing and listen to the right people.

Russ of the BML 12:28 Fri Aug 10
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onsideman 11:03 Fri Aug 10

Sorry?? Can I have that in English.

Are "we" suggesting? Who is "we"?

And Tim Vickery what? Rates the fella as a DM but thinks he's past his peak? Well, age is just a number.

That's really about as much as I can answer to that jibberish.

gph 12:21 Fri Aug 10
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Columbia = loads of US towns, a few elsewhere in the English-speaking world, poet-speak for the whole of the Americas, or just the US, female personification of the US or, rarely, the whole of the American continent, considered as one.

Colombia = small South American country, of which we know little

(But at least three US Presidents, including Obama, have made the mistake)

Eggbert Nobacon 11:40 Fri Aug 10
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The Columbia side certainly forced us back, then again so did Croatia

then again we were not all that in the World Cup and those were the only two half decent sides we played and we struggled both times (not counting the two games vs Belgium reserves)

onsideman 11:39 Fri Aug 10
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You must remember him. He was the one who rugby tackled Kane to give away the penalty and the one who was consistently the lowest ranked player in most post-match ratings

Lily Hammer 11:38 Fri Aug 10
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It's no big claim, tearing a yid infested england team a new one, but I still have a lot of hope for this signing.

Northern Sold 11:36 Fri Aug 10
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Russ of the BML 10:43 Fri Aug 10
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Northern Sold 2:02 Fri Aug 10

Did you not watch our game with them in the world cup then?

Him and his midfield partner tore us a new one in the second half

Nope... don't remember him tearing us a new one.... I was pissed mind you

onsideman 11:03 Fri Aug 10
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Apologies if this offends you Russ, but are we saying that the same Tim Vickery who thinks that Balbuena will struggle to adjust and feels we're putting a bit too much faith in Anderson also suggests that the guy we've just signed for 2 years is decent at doing one job but may already be over the hill?

Eggbert Nobacon 10:54 Fri Aug 10
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lol missed that LB

Eggbert Nobacon 10:51 Fri Aug 10
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Tim Vickery seems to rate him at least defensively -

Tim Vickery

Carlos Sanchez might be just past his peak, and offers little on the ball. But as a defensive midfielder, West Ham have signed a specialist man marker

Russ of the BML 10:43 Fri Aug 10
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Northern Sold 2:02 Fri Aug 10

Did you not watch our game with them in the world cup then?

Him and his midfield partner tore us a new one in the second half. He also single-handedly tore Neymar a new one when they played them.

Seems to be a lot of negativity around this fella but from what I see of him in the WC he was excellent.

One of the main problems we have had in recent years is our lack of discipline and positioning in midfield. Teams have found it too easy to go through our lines. This fella has the ability to play the role properly and be 'proper' cover for our defence.

He isn't there to show-boat, he isn't there to create, he isn't there to score goals. We now have players that do all that. This fella needs to protect the defence, be a pest, run all day, shut down space, get his foot in, his head in and whatever else he can get in. He is there to do the ugly stuff. And from what I have seen of him he does it very well.

LeroysBoots 10:30 Fri Aug 10
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South American football expert Tim Vickery rates Sanchez as a DM, great man marker, however he's not great on the ball

So all the qualities of Kouyate, but a bit better at what he's supposed to do !

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