Bilic details the two year wait for Chicharito


HernandezBW726Slaven Bilic has revealed how two years of patience has paid off in spades with the Irons landing supertar Javier Hernandez.

The manager is ecstatic over his arrival and those of three other top starts telling the official site: “I am happy that the deal is complete as it’s a great signing for us.

“I spoke to him a couple of seasons ago when I joined West Ham, when he was at Manchester United and they wanted to sell him.

“I wanted him but then he opted for Leverkusen, but we have had a good relationship since then. So when the opportunity comes now after the season and I found out he could be available, then I called him and he was happy straight away.

“From two years ago until now we had the same conversation, so it helped, of course. There were a few other clubs interested but we are delighted he opted for us.

“He brings energy, makes movement up front and he brings running behind the defence, he brings pace, he brings quality and he brings goals and that’s it, basically! He is proven in the Premier League. It’s very important that we signed him.

“We have got four players in and all of them know the Premier League. Although Joe Hart was in Italy last season, he knows the league, as does Chicharito who was at Man United. So it’s important that they don’t need to get to know the league.

“We are delighted with all four signings.”

“We were working on these three transfers but we didn’t talk about them. We worked on them and all three of them we made, which is a great achievement for the club and for the board to have done all those deals. We’ve done them quite early, so we’ve done the job, basically.

“Now, something else can happen, if someone goes then someone will come in, but the majority of the team and squad are set.

“It’s exactly what I said at the end of last season – we didn’t need squad players unless someone goes out, then someone comes in. We needed players who are going to improve our game and our first eleven, by that I mean our first 14, 15 or 16 players who are there, and these four players are exactly that.

“All of them are at a good age and all of them are very hungry and very, very motivated and have something to prove so, on paper, it looks very promising and optimistic.”

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  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    Sounds like feg or Snodgrass are on their way soon , both hopefully , n’diyi bloke and one more should be a full hand , any news on feg hughy 🙂

  • JRS says:

    Feg still saying Galatasaray but another UCL club in Super Lig could come for him and Rennes are interested.
    Is rather see Snodgraas shipped off Bilic will keep on for Antonio back up and Fegs record shows he can fetch a better fee than £4m.
    Both say they want to stays Snod looks lost and supposedly Newcastle Brighton Leeds and more are keen if could get £8m for him.
    Rather keep Feggo.
    They could go.for Jota and then both would most likely leave but £4m Feghouli is mad unless they are willing to pay is 3m euro bonus left too but they are not. So Febernace are thought to be keen and have more banking

  • JRS says:

    Chicarito even said Slav was a big part of why he came. And with Sahko on the mend this is a make or break season for him and if AC can get dit enough to be impact sub we got some striker talent now. Hope we see the Sahko of old.
    Gald it is coming together

  • Dannyboycoyi says:

    I don’t think I can remember the last time I was this excited by players we got
    fingers crossed we can get sakho playing again in reality no one is gonna want to take ac off our hands so just have to hope he gets a few as a sub I say keep fegh pack shoody Snodgrass off

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