Arbeloa joins West Ham

West Ham have completed the signing of defender Alvaro Arbeloa on a one-year deal.

The 33-year-old has become the Hammers’ 12th signing of the transfer window and will provide competition for Sam Byram at right-back.

Arbeloa, who had been a free agent since leaving Real Madrid in the summer, returns to the Premier League having played for Liverpool between 2007 and 2009.

And the full-back, who helped Spain win the World Cup in 2010 as well as the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, is delighted to be back in England.

“I am really happy to be here in a great Club in a great league,” Arbeloa told West Ham’s official website. “I’m really happy to be back in England and, for me, it’s a great chance and I’m looking forward to playing with this side.

“The Stadium is amazing. It’s really nice and looks fantastic. Hopefully I’m going to see the Stadium full with all our fans and I’m really happy to be here

“For me, this is a great chance to be back in England and in the Premier League, which is a fantastic league and I want to put myself here again. This is a big Club and a great Club with fantastic players and a great coach.

“Slaven wants to see me training as soon as possible. I was talking with [Croatia internationals] Luka Modric and Matteo Kovacic and they told me good things about the coach, so I want to work with him and hopefully I can learn a lot of things.”

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