West Ham boss Slaven Bilic says former Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa was the “perfect option” to supplement his squad.
The Spaniard signed a one-year deal with the Hammers on a free transfer after being released by Real Madrid at the end of the last campaign.
Arbeloa can play at either right-back or left-back, but he will mainly be used to provide competition for Sam Byram and Michail Antonio on the right-hand side.
Bilic is looking forward to seeing how the 33-year-old performs this season and admits it was a no-brainer with the defender’s experience of winning trophies.
“His CV is top of course,” Bilic said of Arbeloa. “He was at Liverpool so he knows the Premier League.
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“He had 10 years at Real Madrid and won everything. We were looking to strengthen that position, at least short-term and he was available and simply the perfect option for what we needed.
“We watched a lot of Real Madrid games like everybody else and he’s a great professional, a player of great experience and I’m sure he’s going to help us a lot.
“Make no mistake, he’s coming here as a player, not as a mentor, not as a coach.”