'If we win, then he can pay the bill!'

Adrian says the tapas will be on Everton manager Roberto Martinez if West Ham United beat the Toffees on Saturday
Adrian says the tapas will be on Everton manager Roberto Martinez if the West Ham United goalkeeper wins the battle of the Spaniards on Saturday.

The Hammers stopper hails from the city of Seville in the southern region of Andalusia, while Toffees boss Martinez is a native of the town of Balaguer, 100 miles west of Barcelona in the north western region of Catalonia.

The Spanish pair will come face to face at the Boleyn Ground this weekend, when the two clubs square-off in a match that will likely determine which will finish in the Barclays Premier League top ten.

Adrian refuelled ahead of the big game by taking West Ham TV to his favourite Spanish restaurant in the capital, the incidentally named Barcelona Tapas in the City of London.

“If we win, then he can pay the bill!” laughed the No13, who has already got one over Martinez by scoring the shootout penalty that knocked Everton out of the FA Cup back in January.

Unsurprisingly, Adrian remembers that FA Cup third-round replay is a night he remembers fondly.

“It was an unbelievable moment for me and I will remember it for all my career,” he beamed.

“Normally, I enjoy making my saves but I never had this sensation of scoring a goal, and what a goal it was!

“To score the winning penalty to take us through to the next round and share that moment with all the fans and my family and friends in Spain was special!”

While West Ham ended a 15-match winless run against Everton in the FA Cup, they have not beaten the Toffees in the league since 21 April 2007 – more than eight years ago.

Putting an end to that record would not only be welcomed by Adrian, but it would also guarantee the Hammers a top-ten finish this season.

“Of course it is a very important game for that, but also because it is our last home game of the season and we want to finish at home with three points and have good sensations in our minds,” he confirmed.

“We have to make all West Ham fans happy and we must think like this is a round or the final in the cup – it’s one game and we need the three points and, why not, I can score another penalty!”

If he does, Adrian not only celebrate wildly with his adoring fans for a second time, but he will also be handing the bill to Roberto Martinez!