Nayef Aguerd sends lengthy message to fans as defender confirms West Ham move from Rennes

Nayef Aguerd has sent a lengthy message to fans on social media as West Ham United’s new defender confirms move from Rennes.

West Ham have reportedly been close to signing Rennes defender Aguerd for some time.

But the deal was cast into doubt when Newcastle emerged with an alleged 11th hour bid this week.

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West Ham fans were relieved this weekend, though, to hear Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth reveal Aguerd was in London and expected to complete his medical assessments today to become David Moyes’s first capture of what will be a busy summer.

“Aguerd has arrived in London,” Sheth said on Twitter.

“Second part of West Ham medical in next 24 hours ahead of finalising move.”

The signing of Aguerd is expected to be unveiled in the next 48 hours by West Ham.

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And now Aguerd has sent a lengthy message to fans as the defender confirms his West Ham move from Rennes.

In the the emotional post Aguerd says ‘I announce that I played my last match’ for the club. And the new West Ham man said it had been a difficult decision to leave the French club.

“People of Rennes, it is with great emotion that I announce that I played my last match under the colors of Lille,” Aguerd said on social media.

“It’s a difficult decision as I have spent exceptional times here since my arrival at the club in August 2020.  Between the discovery of the Champions League together, the qualification for the Conference League last season, the Europa League this season, the boiling atmospheres of Roazhon Park against PSG, Lyon, Leicester or OM, I leave the branded club.

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“I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart all the components of the club:

“My teammates with whom I have fought 80 fights over the past two seasons and who are and will remain for me a second family. The supporters, RCK in mind, for their unfailing support in good and bad times.

“The shareholder, Mr Pinault, who allows the club to grow day by day and to be respected not only in France but also on the European scene. Club management: Nicolas Holveck  to whom I wish the greatest victory in his constant fight against illness and Olivier Cloarec with whom our paths have followed each other since 2018 in Dijon.

“Florian Maurice who came to pick me up in Dijon and for whom words are not enough  to describe our relationship, it’s not enough, Julien Stéphan, Bruno Génésio and all of their staff, two very high level coaches both in football and human terms.

“All of the club’s employees who allowed us to work in an extremely healthy environment I gave everything from the start to the last day in matches and in training, on and off the pitch and will be your supporter.  I sincerely wish you the best. Forever Nayef.”

What a classy message.

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Moyes always says he looks at the character of the person he is signing as well as the quality of the player.

And he certainly seems to have chosen a good egg in Aguerd.

The defender is a fantastic left-footed centre-back who has been scouted extensively by Moyes and head or recruitment Rob Newman.

Aguerd’s talent is obvious for anyone that has seen him play or takes a look at his YouTube highlights reel.

His stats are seriously impressive too. According to Opta data, Aguerd has made the most forward passes of any outfield player in the top five European leagues since the start of the 2020-21 season!

And another astonishing stat about Aguerd’s defensive prowess was also revealed recently.


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