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West Ham confirm signing of goalkeeper Roberto from Espanyol

West Ham unveil new signing Roberto Jimenez Gago
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West Ham have confirmed the signing of Spanish goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez Gago on a free transfer.

The 33-year-old will join on a two-year deal from 1 July, after his contract with La Liga club Espanyol expires, with West Ham having the option for a further 12 months.

Roberto has played more than 300 times in Spain, Portugal and Greece, winning six trophies.

"From the beginning when I knew I was going to come here, I was very excited about the new experience," he told West Ham's website. "I consider this a big step in my career. I think everyone who follows football knows the importance of this club, so I'm really excited.

"I am looking forward to playing in the Premier League, of course. It's a big challenge as I consider this to be one of the two best and biggest leagues in the world, with our league in Spain, and I think it's a dream for every player to come here and play."

Roberto will replace Adrian, who will leave the club at the end of June when his contract expires.

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However, he will face a battle for the No 1 jersey at the London Stadium. Lukasz Fabianski is the current first choice and was recently voted the club's player of the season.

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"Roberto is a fantastic goalkeeper", said West Ham's Director of Football, Mario Husillos who worked with Roberto at Spanish side Malaga. "He has a great deal of experience in football, having played at the highest level.

"He is at a brilliant age for a goalkeeper, and we are extremely happy to bring him to West Ham United. He is a brilliant professional and a brilliant person. He has all the qualities to play in the Premier League and be very successful."

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