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West Ham United are pleased to confirm the signing of Spanish goalkeeper Roberto on a free transfer.



The experienced 33-year-old will join the Hammers on 1 July, after his contract with La Liga club Espanyol expires, on a two-year deal with the Club having the option for a further 12 months.

Roberto, who has played more than 300 senior matches in Spain, Portugal and Greece, winning six trophies and appearing in the UEFA Champions League, is looking forward to a new challenge with the Hammers.

“From the beginning when I knew I was going to come here, I was very excited about the new experience," said the stopper, whose full name is Roberto Jimenez Gago. "I consider this step a big step in my career. I think everyone who follows football knows the importance of this Club, so I’m really excited.

“I am looking forward to playing in the Premier League, of course. It’s a big challenge as I consider this to be one of the two best and biggest leagues in the world, with our league in Spain, and I think it’s a dream for every player to come here and play in the Premier League, so I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Director of Football Mario Husillos is familiar with Roberto's work and believes West Ham have signed a top goalkeeper.

“I worked with Roberto during my time at Malaga," he confirmed. "He is a fantastic goalkeeper, who has a great deal of experience in football, having played at the highest level.

“During his time at Olympiakos, I spoke regularly with the coaches and many of them spoke about Roberto as one of the biggest goalkeepers in the history of the club.

“He is at a brilliant age for a goalkeeper, and we are extremely happy to bring him to West Ham United. He is a brilliant professional and a brilliant person. He has all the qualities to play in the Premier League and be very successful.”

Born in Madrid, Roberto began his career with Atletico in the Spanish capital, playing regularly for the B side as a teenager before making his first-team debut at 19 in a La Liga fixture at Osasuna in December 2005.

After spending a season on loan at Segunda Division club Gimnastic de Tarragona in 2007/08, and a year at Recreativo de Huelva, he returned to Atletico in 2009, making his UEFA Champions League debut at FC Porto that September.

The 2010/11 season proved to be a breakthrough campaign as Roberto served as No1 for Portuguese giants Benfica, winning the League Cup and reaching the UEFA Europa League semi-finals as part of a team that also included David Luiz, Pablo Aimar and Oscar Cardozo.

The next two years were spent back in Spain’s top flight with Zaragoza, before he moved abroad again in summer 2013, joining Greek side Olympiacos.

In three seasons in Athens, Roberto won three Superleague titles and one Greek Cup, while also appearing regularly in European competition alongside his future West Ham teammate Arthur Masuaku.

A return to Spain saw him join Espanyol in June 2016, before spending the 2017/18 season as first-choice on loan at Malaga.

At international level, Roberto was capped at every age-group level and was part of Spain’s squad at the UEFA European U21 Championship finals in 2009.

Everyone at West Ham United would like to welcome Roberto to London Stadium and wish him all the very best for his career in Claret and Blue.

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Eerie Descent 12:15 Sat Jun 1
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One McAvennieeeeee 10:15 Fri May 31

Shall I start paying rent soon, son?

Iron Duke 12:08 Sat Jun 1
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https://images.app.goo.gl/y1UzgebNqaJNrzkNA

A picture of Husillos’s interview about Roberto

Sven Roeder 11:00 Fri May 31
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Hopefully he has been told he will only play if he forces Fabianski out
Full strength cup sides please

One McAvennieeeeee 10:15 Fri May 31
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Best back up we've had since Phil Parkes back up.

Eerie Descent 5:40 Fri May 31
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master 4:43 Fri May 31

Exactly what I've been saying. Give me a safe pair of hands as back up, rather than these show pony cunts.

Still, not going to write him off on the back of those 'highlights' of him, but I reckon if Fabianski gets injured there will be a few wishing it was David Martin that we signed.

On The Ball 5:18 Fri May 31
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Adrian wanted to leave and was at the end of his contract. It's not about "advantage".

Any Old Iron 5:13 Fri May 31
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Fail to see the advantage in replacing Ada with this bloke.

master 4:43 Fri May 31
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clearly a good shot stopper but what i'd really like to see is him be confident, calm and convincing when it comes to claiming cross and coming off his line. that, for me, is the difference fabianski brings, and adrian was unable to crack.

On The Ball 4:22 Fri May 31
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Too young and not there yet, say plenty of people that have watched him.

diehardhammer 4:22 Fri May 31
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BennyJay 4:00 Fri May 31
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trott needs to play against men, far too weak to be a number 2 just yet

BennyJay 4:00 Fri May 31
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Bit of shame to see one of the youngsters not getting a chance. Thought Adrian going would give Nathan Trott a chance.

wanstead_hammer 4:00 Fri May 31
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Thank fuck for that. Thought it was gonna be Roberto Green, but it’s Roberto Youtube.
Phew!

Eerie Descent 3:58 Fri May 31
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I can only go on that highlights reel, having never seen him play, I just hope there's another video knocking about of him catching the ball.

Leeshere 3:53 Fri May 31
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Judging by the teams he has played for this looks a good signing.

Eerie Descent 3:51 Fri May 31
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Great, another flappy foreign shot stopper.

gph 3:30 Fri May 31
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Husillos likes brilliant, doesn't he?

How brilliant must Fabianski be, if he's more brilliant than the brilliantly brilliant Roberto?

geoffpikey 3:24 Fri May 31
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I KNOW YouTube clips are not a true picture, but he seems more of a puncher than a catcher. But at least he punches away from goal. He's also a bit too handsome for West Ham.

No idea!! But as a free, decent business, one hopes.... More money for midfield and up top.

It's good, though, to see the club doing business ASAP and the Daves keeping their gobs shut.

easthammer 3:06 Fri May 31
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This signing is good in a number of ways, good experience and age for a backup keeper who is happy to be here in that role. But most promising is that nobody saw it coming until it was done. Lets hope it sets a trend. It is nice and early in the window and there has been no spin. Although couldn't but smile that report ends with the promotion of the new goalkeeper's kit. Not sure how many will be buying a "Roberto" shirt but good luck to him.

geoffpikey 3:00 Fri May 31
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That shirt is shocking, mind .

Was it designed by someone on a 1989 rave flashback?

terry-h 2:56 Fri May 31
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He is half an inch taller and 10 months younger than Fabianski, so perhaps he's coming in as first choice.

geoffpikey 2:55 Fri May 31
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Welcome Bob.

(No idea.)

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