Arbeloa hangs up his boots


west_ham_uniteds_alvaro_arbeloa_324799Former  West Ham defender Alvaro Arbeloa has revealed he is retiring from football.

The 34-year-old Spaniard made three Premier League appearances for the Hammers last season before being released.

In an interview with Marca he said: “It’s time to say goodbye. Physically I was okay to keep playing.”

The full-back spent three years with Liverpool before returning to the club for whom he made his senior debut, Real Madrid, in 2009.

He won one La Liga title and the Champions League twice, making more than 200 appearances before signing for West Ham last August.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • John says:

    Really? You mean he bought his boots to West Ham? £2.5M down the pan in wages. If ever there was good reason to get the recruitment this window right then this is it. To think we sold James Tomkins.

  • geefunkhammer says:

    Gutted. Not sure what we’ll do without him.

  • Dunlopilo says:

    He also said at some point during the interview that even though physically he was all right, the mental part of it wasn’t there. And that he did not fancy China or the US. And that for any player to leave Real Madrid, it was an automatic downgrade, because it is the best club in the world… regardless of the reasons a player might have to leave Madrid (more playing time, better pay).

    This fellow took advantage of WHU, was very unprofessional, as much as he keeps on saying that he has always been very professional and dedicated in his job, giving it all in training, blah blah blah. He got paid a full year basically to do nothing. Now he says he retires because it’s time. I think nobody would have signed him, except a second division team. The sooner we forget this parasite, the better.

  • winslow says:

    Who know’s, he may go on to be an average manager and return to manage us as a “West Ham legend” just like Bilic…

  • Hammer64 says:

    £2.5m for three games? How much is that per minute? I am getting depressed just doing the maths for that! I thought he was going to be an asset too…And I thought Snodgrass would be a good buy. The club could pay me a few thousand (a year, not a week) to make an assessment of transfers targets-& then do the opposite of what I suggest. That ought to work…

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Yeah as said he hung up his boots from pretty much the first minute in the club, disgraceful attitude.

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