Hammers take up Adrian option


Slaven Bilic has confirmed that West Ham United have activated a two-year option in Adrian’s contract.

The Club have activated a clause to keep the goalkeeper, who has kept six clean sheets in 15 Premier League appearances and earned his first Spain call-up this season, in east London until summer 2019.

Manager Slaven Bilic confirmed the news in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s season finale at Burnley, where the No13 will seek to keep his fourth clean sheet in five matches since being recalled to the starting XI.

“Adrian was out of contract but we have an option and we activated that option and we are happy with him, of course,” said Bilic.

Seville-born Adrian has become a fans’ favourite since joining the Hammers from his hometown club Real Betis in summer 2013.

Since then, the goalkeeper has twice been voted Hammer of the Year runner-up, amassed 105 Premier League appearances and kept 29 top-flight clean sheets.

He also became a Boleyn Ground folk hero by scoring a dramatic shootout penalty in the FA Cup third round replay victory over Everton in January 2015.

Following those impressive displays, Adrian put pen to paper on a new two-year deal back in October 2015 including a two-year option to extend, which has now been activated.

When asked, Bilic also confirmed that former Spain full-back Alvaro Arbeloa is out of contract and will depart east London this summer.

“It is a different situation with Arbeloa; he came for one season and his contract is up now,” the manager added.