Confirmed: How Luka Modric helped engineer West Ham summer transfer
By Amir Mir
Alvaro Arbeloa has revealed that Luka Modric played a part in his deadline-day transfer to West Ham after the ex-Tottenham man sang the praises of his former national boss Slaven Bilic.
Arbeloa was a free-agent after leaving Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer, paving the way for the Hammers to sign the 33-year-old on a one-year contract on deadline day.
The Spaniard admitted that his former Real Madrid teammates Modric and Matteo Kovacic spoke highly about their Croatian compatriot Bilic and urged him to sign for the London club.
“I was talking with 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,” Arbeloa told West Ham TV.
Bilic, who managed Modric and Kovacic when he was in charge of Croatia between 2006-12, has added valuable experience in World Cup winner Arbeloa to his West Ham squad.
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Arbeloa already has Premier League experience with Liverpool having played for the Reds during a two-year stint, where he made 93 appearances for the Merseyside club between 2007-09.
The versatile defender is also a two-time Champions League winner with Madrid, as he looks to help Bilic’s side to another European campaign this term.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers agree defender terms hours before deadline, with the youngster making a loan switch.