Former Hammer Enner Valencia’s sister Erci was rescued by the Ecuadorian security forces on Friday, 10 days after being kidnapped, and on the same day that the former West Ham player was announced as a Fenerbahce player.
The 28-year-old’s whereabouts had been unknown since she was snatched by eight heavily armed people in the town of San Lorenzo in Esmeraldas province of Ecuador on Aug. 18, but a video and photos were released of Erci appearing to be upset but unharmed after the ordeal.
Valencia had been confirmed as a Fenerbahce player earlier on Friday after he ran down his contract with Liga MX club Tigres and released a statement saying he was delighted that his sister Erci had been rescued.
“I don’t have words to express everything that I feel today,” wrote Valencia. “[It’s] one of the happiest days of my life; a day full of emotions and conflicting feelings.”
Valencia signed for West Ham in July 2014, on a five-year contract for a fee estimated at £12 million from Pachuca. In 2016 Valencia signed for Everton on a season-long loan, with the option of a permanent £14.5 million move in the summer of 2017. He returned to West Ham and was sold yo Mexican side Tigres UANL for £5m in the summer of 2017.
Valencia scored 10 goals in 68 appearances during his West Ham career.