Morocco international defender Nayef Aguerd joined West Ham United from French Ligue 1 club Rennes on a five-year contract on 20 June 2022.
The tall, left-footed centre-back developed at the national Mohammed VI Football Academy in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, before beginning his senior career with local club FUS as a teenager.
Aguerd moved to France in 2018, when he joined Ligue 1 side Dijon. His performances there saw Rennes move for him in summer 2020 and he went on to star in Ligue 1, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Conference League. He is also a regular for his senior national team.
Joined West Ham United from French Ligue 1 club Rennes on 20 June 2022 on a five-year contract.
Born in the city of Kénitra in the north of Morocco into a footballing family in March 1996... Son of a professional footballer who played in the Moroccan top-flight and an uncle, Abdelmajid Bouyboud, who was capped 34 times and appeared at the 1994 FIFA World Cup finals...Represented local club KAC of Kénitra as a boy before being scouted and recruited to the national Mohammed VI Football Academy in the capital city of Rabat...Spent four years at the Mohammed VI Football Academy training and playing alongside the likes of Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri....Joined leading club Rabat FUS in 2014, aged 18...Made 12 first-team appearances in his debut season for Rabat FUS...Inspired FUS to their first-ever Moroccan Championship in May 2016, scoring a vital goal against Ittihad Tanger that all but clinched the title...Scored in the 2017 CAF Champions League and impressed regularly for FUS over the next two seasons...Joined French Ligue 1 club Dijon in 2018...Spent two encouraging seasons for Les Rouges...Transferred to Rennes in summer 2020...Started Rennes' first-ever UEFA Champions League match at home to Russian side Krasnodar and featured in four of six group-stage fixtures in the autumn of 2020, including two against English Premier League side Chelsea...Made 66 Ligue 1 appearances and helped Rennes qualify for Europe in each his two seasons at the club...Scored twice in seven UEFA Europa Conference League appearances and started 31 Ligue 1 games as Rennes finished fourth in Ligue 1 in 2021/22...Capped by Morocco at U20 and U23 levels before making his senior debut against Albania in August 2016....Helped Morocco win the African Nations Championship on home turf in 2018...Was an ever-present in Morocco’s successful 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign and run to the 2021 CAF Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.