West Ham goalkeeper Adrian issues club ultimatum for his exit

West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian has issued an ultimatum to the West London club, stating they must present a genuine contention for the league title and have a higher finish in the league or he will be forced to take his game elsewhere.

Adrian told Spanish news agency EFE, via Football London, that he is tired of staying with a club that has to continually struggle to stay in the league and has caught the attention of clubs in Spain.

Adrian said: “I want to know the intentions of the club about me and see their project. We must fight for higher targets and not just for staying in the Premier League. This is my fourth season here and I want to fight for something else.”

The goalkeeper added: “There has been a lot of interest from several teams in Spain and some in the Premier League but I was focused on trying to recover the number one and help the team. At the end of the season, we will sit down, talk and make the best decision.”

The 30-year-old has been the first choice for the better part of the season but did lose his place to second choice Darren Randolph before regaining his spot in the club four games ago. He kept three consecutive clean sheets before conceding four goals to Liverpool over the weekend.

Adrian is in the final year of his contract with West Ham, but he does have a clause in place giving the Hammers the chance to extend it for a further two years, a clause that the side will not be reluctant to activate.

Despite thirsty for more success in the shores of England and contemplating a move away from London, Adrian did admit to being happy at West Ham and that his family was finding life easy in England.

He said: “If something interesting [comes from Spain] I would talk to the club about it but the option to renew my two years belongs to the club. We have to sit down, talk and reach an agreement. Anyway, I am very settled [in England] and very happy in the Premier [League]. This is my fourth year here, I’m fluent in the language and my family is happy here.”

 

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