West Ham United waved goodbye to goalkeeper Adrian last 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.

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Unforgettable Adrian

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.”

And now the player has confirmed the news in a lengthy and emotional farewell message on social media.

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Adrian posts emotional farewell message to West Ham

“I’ve always hoped to continue in West Ham but the circumstances of football have led me to seek a new destination,” Adrian said on Twitter.

“I have lived unforgettable moments with all of you in each afternoon/evening of football in the mythical, beloved and unique Boleyn Ground … all of them will keep in my memory with much affection.”

And now lots of emotional West Ham supporters have reacted, wishing Adrian well.

Many posted that they felt he embodied everything a West Ham United player should be.

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‘He embodies West Ham’

Proof if ever it was needed that Hammers fans love a trier and someone who wears their heart on their sleeve.

Here are a selection of reactions to Adrian’s farewell message from Twitter.

 

‘A man who truly understands what it means to play for West Ham’

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