Adrian: I want to be West Ham United's No1 next season
Adrian is aiming to cement his position as West Ham United’s No1 again next season.
The Spaniard ended the 2017/18 campaign in fine form, helping the Hammers to collect seven points from their final three matches with a series of impressive displays.
And the No13, who has become a hugely popular figure during his five years in east London, is targeting a regular starting place when the new Premier League season kicks-off in August.
I like to play, I like to enjoy playing and I want to be the No1, but I have to deserve it as well
“I like to play, I like to enjoy playing and I want to be the No1, but I have to deserve it as well,” said Adrian, who kept six clean sheets in 19 Premier League appearances last term. “If the team can help you with their defending as well, that’s much better.
“This past season for me has been a bit disappointing and frustrating at times, but I have one more year on my contract and we will see more when the season has finished.
“I hope that I can continue to show I am here to help West Ham, as I enjoy it here at London Stadium and I want to keep enjoying it.
“The West Ham fans welcomed me with open arms from day one and I feel their love every time that I play."
Alongside his close relationship with the Claret and Blue Army and his teammates, there is also the ambition to represent his country to think about.
In August 2016, Adrian was called into the senior Spain squad for the first time, but has yet to make his debut.
Manchester United’s David De Gea, Napoli’s Pepe Reina and Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga have been named in Spain’s FIFA World Cup squad, but that does not mean he has given up on his chance of representing La Roja in the future.
“I’m only 31 and I feel every time that, as a goalkeeper, I want to play as many games as possible because I am at an age when I need to play.
“The opportunity with the national team is also there. It’s too late for the World Cup because I didn’t play enough games, but I know that when I am playing I am in their minds.
“I will just continue to try my best here and hopefully more opportunities will come, both for West Ham and then for Spain.”