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Alan 6:48 Thu Aug 9
Carlos Sanchez Signed
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Hammers sign Colombian international Carlos Sanchez

West Ham United are delighted to confirm the signing of Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez.



The experienced 32-year-old, who has 88 caps for his country, has joined the Hammers on a two-year contract from Italian club Fiorentina.

The defensive midfielder, who has appeared at five major tournaments, including two FIFA World Cup finals, is looking forward to working under Manuel Pellegrini.

“I’m very happy to be here. I’m very excited and looking forward to achieving lots," said Sanchez, who becomes West Ham's ninth summer signing. “I decided to come here because, first, it is the Premier League, second, it’s a beautiful club and the fans are always helping the club and, third, for me it’s an amazing opportunity and an amazing project the club are leading, being ambitious and keen to achieve good things.

“I’d like to thank all of the people, the whole club, for having me."

A move to West Ham represents Sanchez’s second spell in the Premier League, as he previously spent two seasons with Aston Villa between 2014 and 2016, and he is relishing his return to English football.

“I always dreamed of playing in the Premier League," he confirmed. "Previously, at Aston Villa, we started very well but sadly it didn’t end well, but I always maintained the same desire to return and here I am, with the same mission, with the same desire and dream and I’m very grateful to everyone at West Ham.”

Director of Football Mario Husillos welcomed the midfielder's arrival, saying: “Carlos is a very experienced player whose career I have always followed closely and with admiration.

“He made a great impression for Elche in Spain when I was Sporting Director with Malaga, and came back to Spain last season on loan with Espanyol - plus of course he already has experience of England and the Premier League from his time with Aston Villa.

“He has also been a regular in the first team for Colombia for many years, and was a very important player for them at the World Cup this summer.

“He has great quality as a holding midfielder. He can also cover other positions but it is as a defensive midfielder that he really excels. He is also a fantastic professional, with great character, who will be a very good personality within the dressing room.

“I have known the Colombia national team coach, Jose Pekerman, for many, many years, and he has always spoken very highly of Carlos.

“We are very happy that he has joined West Ham United and wish him great success in his time here.”

Born in the city of Quidbo in western Colombia, Sanchez kicked-off his professional career 3,100 miles away in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, with the Danubio club.

At 19, he moved to River Plate Montevideo, where he made his senior debut and played 40 times before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to join French club Valenciennes in 2007.

Sanchez spent six seasons in Ligue 1, making 185 appearances and scoring ten goals, before making the switch to Spanish club Elche for the 2013/14 season.

Aston Villa secured the South American’s services in summer 2014 and he would play 48 times in the Premier League over the course of two seasons.

After 18 months in Italy with Fiorentina, Sanchez spent the second half of last season at Espanyol in Spain, who he helped guide to La Liga safety with four wins in their final five matches.

Internationally, Sanchez has been a regular for Colombia since making his debut against Panama in May 2007.

He played alongside future Hammer Pablo Armero and against Carlos Tevez, Javier Mascherano and Pablo Zabeleta at his first major tournament, the 2011 Copa America, and featured at the South American championship finals again in 2015 and 2016.

At the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, he was an ever-present as Colombia reached the quarter-finals, and he was in the starting XI as La Tricolor reached the Round of 16 before being eliminated by England.

West Ham United would like to welcome Carlos and his family to London Stadium and wish him every success in his career in Claret and Blue.

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BigLump 6:32 Mon Dec 30
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
I'd like to think that Holland and others will get a run now instead of dross like Sanchez.

Sven Roeder 6:08 Mon Dec 30
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
If Conor Coventry isn’t better than this cunt the kid should retire from football.
Would rather see the likes of Ben Johnson , Coventry & Holland in the squad.

DukeofDevo 6:02 Mon Dec 30
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Loved the way he let Gray run past him then flapped his arms around as if to say what happened! He must have been the only one in the ground that didn’t think the through ball was coming!

Never seen him do anything above average for us!

DukeofDevo 6:02 Mon Dec 30
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Loved the way he let Gray run past him then flapped his arms around as if to say what happened! He must have been the only one in the ground that didn’t think the through ball was coming!

Never seen him do anything above average for us!

Fortunes Hiding 5:40 Mon Dec 30
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Just watched MOTD.

Absolutely shocking performance, gave the ball away and didn’t follow gray for the winner.

PlaistowIron 1:37 Mon Dec 30
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
When you read the OP and it says he’s made 88 international apps etc....

And he’s still only made 88 apps

GreenStreetPlayer 1:32 Mon Dec 30
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
No disrepect but he would struggle in Ladies football.

onsideman 12:35 Mon Dec 30
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Russ of the BML thought he'd be good

swindon hammer 9:49 Sun Dec 29
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
I said at the time what an awful signing this was for the club.

He was awful at Aston Villa 4 years ago and wasn't pulling up any trees in Italy.They were quite happy to offload him onto us.

People can say he was a cheap signing but he is reportedly on 70 grand a week!

Boycie 7:04 Sun Dec 29
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Wasnt he supposed to be a defensive midfielder? Didn't fucking put a tackle in yesterday sell him to Arsenal

chedylan 2 3:09 Sun Dec 29
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Ha ok, but I'll take this as a sign that I need to try at least.
I've got this guys back next time he plays. If he does again.

Northern Sold 3:03 Sun Dec 29
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Ha Ha ha... all gone a bit off key ched fella... ED knows what i'm on about ;-)

chedylan 2 3:00 Sun Dec 29
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
What ? I'm lost.

Carlos sanchez should give me enjoyment out of life?

I guess he still could do.

I'll try harder next time. Ok?

Northern Sold 2:55 Sun Dec 29
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Eerie Descent 6:16 Mon Dec 10
Re: Bring back Moyes
chedylan 2 2:15 Mon Dec 10

I'm completely at a loss to understand how people like you get any enjoyment out of anything in life.

New manager, new players, new ethos for the club. We are going out and having a fucking right go in every game, we've got a shocking injury list yet we've just won 3 in a row scoring 3 in each for the first time since black and white TV, and all you can focus on is our defending?

Some of you don't deserve a manager of this stature. I'll include Alex V and Sir Alf in that.

Eerie Descent 2:48 Sun Dec 29
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Northern Spurs 2:45 Sun Dec 29

Northern Sold 2:45 Sun Dec 29
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
The classic is at the time when we got him I questioned why we should be going for someone like him... and I was told he had just steam rollered the England midfield in the WC... that was around the time when the fav saying on here was `In Pelle we trust' ... I think Eerie Descent started that?

Admiral Lard 1:48 Sun Dec 29
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
He's been a disaster.

From the moment he handed the bal to Adama Traore to score Wolves last minute winner in last season's home defeat he has done almost nothing right.

The only reason his dire play has not received greater criticism is his lack of game time, 14 appearances in 18 months. I know he was injured last season but that can only be viewed as a plus.

Abject and almost certainly unlikely to make another appearance under Moyes.

GreenStreetPlayer 1:29 Sun Dec 29
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
We have actually managed to find someone as slow as Noble. And to add, complete unawareness of what's around him.
Apologies to Sunday morning league players but he looked like one in a PL match, a fish out of water.
Reminded me of Zaza with no football nous, and with no pace at all.
He looked embarrassing wearing the shirt and was like Harry giving someone from the crowd a run out, only they done better.
What the fuck was going on?

w4hammer 1:27 Sun Dec 29
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
harvey price has finally got a job ;-)

Takashi Miike 1:26 Sun Dec 29
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
I can't stand tim sherwood but he managed sanchez at villa and was on the yank coverage yesterday, he said he needed to be subbed at half time

Nagel 1:20 Sun Dec 29
Re: Carlos Sanchez Signed
Sanchez has the same agent as Diop, who was also bought at the same time. Apart from Diop the only even halfway decent player on their books is Ndidi, so wouldn't surprise me if they decided to take advantage of us wanting Diop.

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