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Sunday 3 August Updated Wednesday 18 February

Adrian relishing Malaga reunion

Sunday's Schalke 04 Cup decider with Malaga CF will bring back memories for West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian.

For the Spaniard, who is expected to start the game at the Veltins-Arena, made his senior debut for first club Real Betis in a La Liga fixture with the Andalusians in September 2012.

While Betis lost the game 4-1, Adrian recalls fondly the day he was called upon to make his bow for his hometown club.

"It is a special game for me because I made my debut in Spain against Malaga," Adrian confirmed. "It was a very nice thing because Malaga is close to Seville [where Betis are based and Adrian was born and raised] so it was a derby.

"I came on as a substitute because our goalkeeper was sent-off in the 13th minute. I came on and although we lost, it was my debut so it will always be a special memory for me."

Sunday's winner-takes-all match will be even more special for Adrian, as he knows many of the Malaga squad personally, including goalkeeper Carlos Kameni and striker Roque Santa Cruz.

The No13 embraced both of his friends warmly when they met on Saturday, when Malaga kicked-off the Schalke 04 Cup by convincingly defeating Alan Pardew's Newcastle United 3-1.

Adrian
Adrian made his senior debut against Malaga in September 2012

"I know some of their players, but I know Santa Cruz the best because he played with me in Real Betis three years ago," Adrian continued. "He is a great person and a great striker.

"Malaga played very well against Newcastle. They keep the ball very, very well. Newcastle is a very good team, but Malaga won 3-1 so Sunday is going to be a hard game for us.

"It's like a final for us. It's an important game for us and for the West Ham fans, who were unbelievable again on Saturday.

"We need to improve a little bit on how we played on Saturday and hopefully we can win the Schalke 04 Cup!"

Sunday's Schalke 04 Cup decider with Malaga will be covered live and exclusively on Quest TV this weekend. Quest is a free to air channel and can be found on: Freeview 37 (+138) Sky 167 (+1 195) and Virgin Media 172 (+1 173).

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