Cape Town - West Ham United have completed the signing of former Real Madrid fullback Alvaro Arbeloa on a free transfer after he completed his medical at the club on Wednesday.
Arbeloa has been clubless since June when his contract with Los Blancos came to an end after Real decided against offering him an extension.
Speaking to West Ham TV, the 33-year-old World Cup winner revealed his delight at becoming the Hammers' 12th signing of the transfer window.
"I am really happy to be here in a great club in a great league. The Stadium is amazing. It's really nice and looks fantastic. Hopefully I'm going to see the Stadium full with all our fans and I'm really happy to be here.
The defender arrives with plenty of Premier League experience. Prior to joining Real Madrid, Arbeloa spent three years with Liverpool between 2007 and 2009.
"For me, this is a great chance to be back in England and in the Premier League, which is a fantastic league and I want to put myself here again. This is a big club and a great club with fantastic players and a great coach," he added.
"Slaven wants to see me training as soon as possible. I was talking with Luka Modric and Matteo Kovacic and they told me good things about the coach, so I want to work with him and hopefully I can learn a lot of things."