Thilo Kehrer has dropped a big hint why he chose to join West Ham United over Sevilla in the summer transfer window.

Hammers boss David Moyes brought the 26-year-old to the London Stadium from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer for around £10 million.

West Ham beat Sevilla to the defender’s signature after a summer-long battle (Estadio Deportivo).

Kehrer initially made a massive impact with West Ham, and hugely impressed for Moyes’s side.

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However, the Germany international struggled for the Hammers during the final few weeks leading up to the World Cup break.

I have no doubts that he will come good for us in the end though. I’m really happy that Moyes won the race for him, and beating Sevilla to his signature was no small feat.

But why did the German pick West Ham instead of the La Liga side though?

Thilo Kehrer drops hint as to why he joined West Ham

The 26-year-old defender has been speaking to L’Equipe whilst out in Qatar on World Cup duty.

And Kehrer made it very clear that regular first-team action leading up to the World Cup was absolutely vital for him:

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I wanted to play to get a rhythm and go to the World Cup. We’re not getting the results we want but I’m coming to the national team with confidence because I’ve been playing in the best league in the world. I’ve always believed that playing is the most important thing to develop, because no amount of training can make up for a game. You grow with the challenges you face. The greater the pressure, the greater the growth. My aim was to show my leadership qualities. Being a starter is what I was looking for and it’s going very well. I am happy to have taken this step.

So it’s clear to see that Thilo Kehrer thought he’d be guaranteed the chance to play more regularly at West Ham than he would have been at Sevilla.

The fact that the Hammers won the race for the German is very good news in my opinion. The 26-year-old will go on to be a top-class player for us, I have no doubt about that.

We should be very grateful that we have Kehrer at the London Stadium in my opinion.

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