Official: West Ham announce signing of goalkeeper Roberto

West Ham United have this afternoon officially confirmed the signing of experienced shot-stopper Roberto Jimenez on a free transfer.

Espanyol veteran

Roberto, full name Roberto Jimenez Gago, began his senior career in his home country with Atletico Madrid back in 2005.

However, after struggling for game-time, the youngster subsequently joined Recreativo in 2008, with Roberto having gone on to bounce from club-to-club over the years since.

He has spent another two separate stints back in the Spanish capital with Atletico, a season in Portugal with Benfica, as well as 3 successful years as first-choice with Greek giants Olympiacos.

The 33-year-old’s most recent employers came in the form of Espanyol, though he has managed just 4 La Liga appearances for the Barcelona-based outfit during his time at the RCDE Stadium.

Roberto Jimenez

SEVILLE, SPAIN – JANUARY 30: Roberto Jimenez of RCD Espanyol reacts during the Copa del Quarter Final match between Real Betis Balompie and RCD Espanyol at Estadio Benito Villamarin on January 30, 2019 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images)

West Ham bound

And, with Roberto’s Espanyol contract set to expire this summer, the shot-stopper is now set for his first experience of English football.

This comes after West Ham made the former Spanish youth international’s signature official this afternoon.

Roberto is set to join the Hammers on a two-year-deal, beginning on July 1st.

Roberto will act as backup to first-choice goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański at the London Stadium, after the Hammers announced earlier this week that Adrian is set to depart the English capital on a free transfer of his own this summer:

‘A big step’

Speaking for the first time on the back of his Premier League move being made official, Roberto revealed:

‘From the beginning when I knew I was going to come here, I was very excited about the new experience. I consider this step 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 in the Premier League, so I’m looking forward to getting started.’

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