West Ham United waved goodbye to goalkeeper Adrian this week.
The Spaniard was hailed a ‘true cult hero’ by the club in an official announcement on Wednesday.
After 150 appearances and six years at West Ham, Adrian has left as he joined, on a free transfer.
‘He will never be forgotten’
The club paid tribute to the 30-year-old on the official website, saying: “His celebration (after scoring the winning penalty against Everton in the FA Cup), a knee-slide in front of the Bobby Moore Lower, is the enduring image of an unforgettable night.
“With his wide smile and amiable sense of humour, Adrian endeared himself to teammates, staff and supporters alike.
“He departs a West Ham United cult hero whose contribution during an historic period in the Club’s history will never be forgotten.”
The emotion of Adrian’s departure has seen many West Ham fans question the club’s decision to let him go.
Fans want Adrian stay as Gold responds
Many feel he should have been offered a new deal as back-up for Hammer of the Year Lukasz Fabianski.
But speaking on Twitter West Ham co-owner David Gold suggested the player himself did not want to stay. And he delivered his own tribute to the goalkeeper too.
“(Adrian was) desperate to play first team football,” Gold said on Twitter.
“Adrian I will never forget this moment.
“I wish you good luck in your future endeavours.”
Desperate to play first team football. dg https://t.co/neQgVz2cfF
— David Gold (@davidgold) May 30, 2019
Adrain I will never forget this moment. I wish you good luck in your future endeavors. dg https://t.co/B47eYyHCnB
— David Gold (@davidgold) May 31, 2019
Much-loved Spaniard’s decision should be respected
So there you have it. According to Gold West Ham could not have kept Adrian regardless this summer.
Realistically the goalkeeper is never going to oust a fit and healthy Fabianski.
And he wants to spend the last few years of his career playing first team football.