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West Ham Trigger Contract Extension for Adrian

The Spaniard’s contract now runs until 2019

West Ham United v Everton - Premier League Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Slaven Bilic has confirmed that West Ham have triggered the option to extend goalkeeper Adrian’s contract until 2019.

The 30-year-old Spaniard joined the Hammers on a two year deal from Real Betis in 2015. Despite some ups and downs Adrian has been a good servant of the club, it is encouraging he is signing a new contract. Ideally West Ham will sign another goalkeeper, (Jordan Pickford anyone?) to add some much-needed competition at the position.

Adrian’s greatest moment for the club so far was scoring the winning penalty in the penalty shootout against Everton in the FA Cup Third Round back in January 2015.

Slaven Bilic spoke to the media ahead of the final game of the season against Burnley on Sunday:

"Adrian is out of contract but we have an option, and we activated that option. He is our player and we are happy with him."

The manager went on to discuss Alvaro Arbeloa who is on the way out of East London, as well as the club’s transfer policy for the summer:

"Arbeloa is a different situation. He came for one season and his contract is out now. But of course I am going to discuss those things with the players, not with the press.

We don't have to improve the squad. We don't need squad players. We want to improve the quality in some of the positions.

I'm not going to talk about names now. Most players are linked with West Ham in the papers. To be fair, the big majority of those rumours, there is no truth in them. But we have our targets and we are going to try to do them."

I’d very much like to see a summer of sensible transfer targets to really build upon our current crop of players; however, I have been supporting West Ham long enough to know this is rarely the case.

Adrian is the club’s best goalkeeper at present and it is a good move to keep him at the club, at least until we can find someone to truly upgrade the position.