Pablo Fornals is excited to start a ‘new era’ at West Ham United as he stated his farewells to Villarreal ahead of his move.
The 23-year-old has agreed a five-year contract with the Hammers and whilst no official fee was announced, the English say he is the second most expensive signing in their history behind Felipe Anderson.
Varying reports had placed the midfielder’s release clause between €25m and €30m, with estimations that a deal was concluded for €27m.
“I am leaving Villarreal to start a new era, but I think that it is only right after my time at the club to give a proper farewell,” Fornals told reporters.
“I also wanted to face everyone and announce the deal myself, so thank you all for listening to me.
“It has been two very enjoyable years here and the first was obviously much better than the second, but I am leaving here with a lot of good memories and plenty of friends.
“I have the happiness to have had the opportunity to come back to the first important club I was at.
“On one hand I am sad but on the other I am excited to start a new adventure and to continue learning far away from home.
“I will start a new era were the physical element is maybe more important than the tactics but for my career it will be very important to gain this experience.”