Álvaro Arbeloa is enjoying a new experience at West Ham United. It’s going to be his second stage in the Premier League after the three seasons he spent at Liverpool. The 33-year-old right back has left Real Madrid this summer, the club he loves, to look for more opportunities abroad. It wasn’t an easy decision for him, but he didn’t have space in Los Blancos squad anymore.
The current West Ham defender spoke at the Spanish radio station Cadena Cope about his feelings of leaving Real Madrid: “When you leave Real Madrid is complicated. Going out, choosing, it’s hard. It’s like going out from the heaven and choose a destiny in the Earth. It’s different, a lot of things change. At Real Madrid you have all the commodities of the world and Valdebebas (Real Madrid training ground) is something unique. You arrive to West Ham and it’s different, but I’m happy because it’s where I wanted to be”.
He had several offers before choosing West Ham United. He always had pretty clear that he wanted to play again outside Spain: “There were some offers from Spain but my intention was to leave Spain because I didn’t want to wear any other t-shirt apart from the Real Madrid one. I needed to leave and for my family it was a good option, a great experience. Besides, the Premier League this year is wonderful, there is a high level in the players and the coaches”.
Apart from West Ham, the other club showing more interest in Arbeloa was Milan: “There were talks but the Chinese arrival to control the club stopped everything and I took the decision to not going further”.
Despite being in England, Arbeloa is watching closely Real Madrid and he’s very happy right now: “They couldn’t start better with the Supercup and the first two games in La Liga. I hope they continue in this way”, Arbeloa commented.