Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian claimed that West Ham offered him a three-year deal before he left to join the Merseyside outfit in the summer of 2019, when speaking exclusively to the BBC.
The Spaniard joined the Hammers on a free transfer in the summer of 2013, after his contract had expired with Real Betis.
And the 33-year-old went on to become a real cult hero in east London. His finest moment came when he scored the winning penalty for West Ham during their FA Cup third round replay against Everton at Upton Park.
Adrian made 150 appearances for the Hammers, conceding 215 goals and keeping 43 clean sheets in the process.
The experienced stopper left West Ham for Liverpool on a free transfer in the summer of 2019, however, and he has gone on to let in 18 goals in 15 games for the champions elect.
Adrian told the BBC how the Hammers wanted to keep him seven months ago, and were prepared to offer him a new three-year deal, but suggested that he didn’t feel valued at the club:
“I’d made a drastic decision not to stay any longer at West Ham, despite having a three-year contract offer on the table. I hadn’t played a single game all season in the Premier League. I didn’t feel valued economically either, to be honest. It was tough for me. Summer came and then I felt those butterflies in my stomach. I knew something good was coming. I was already aware of Liverpool’s interest before I received the first offers.”
Allowing Adrian’s contract to expire now looks like a huge mistake from West Ham. When Lukasz Fabianski was out injured earlier this season, the hapless Roberto filled in for the Pole and he ended up costing the Hammers untold amounts of points.
The 34-year-old, now on loan with Alaves, conceded 21 goals in 10 games for West Ham, keeping just one clean sheet in the process (Transfermarkt).
In eight Premier League games, Roberto also made two errors leading to goals for the opposition and scored one own goal (premierleague.com).
West Ham must now surely wish they made more of an effort to keep Adrian at the club last summer.