Ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid star makes surprising switch to West Ham United

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West Ham United have signed our former right-back, Alvaro Arbeloa (via BBC).

The Spanish international was signed from Deportivo by Rafa Benitez in the winter of 2007. He made his debut against Barcelona at the Nou Camp – a game which we won 2-1.

In the summer of 2009, just after we’d finished second in the table, it was announced he’d be joining Real Madrid for £5 million. He had made 66 league appearances for the club.

He quickly established himself in Madrid’s first team and helped them win two Champions League titles and a La Liga title.

Now 33, he’d had been struggling to get in Madrid’s side for the last 12 months so left the Spanish capital when his contract expired in June.

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SkySports are reporting that he will be a “mentor rather than a replacement” for the Hammers current young right-back, Sam Byron.

“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,” said the player.

“This is a big club and a great club with fantastic players and a great coach.”

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