Former West Ham player announces son has signed for Barcelona

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The son of former West Ham United and Kilmarnock player Julien Faubert has signed for Barcelona, the Frenchman has announced online.

West Ham's Julien FaubertJulien Faubert

Faubert, who was with the Hammers for five years between 2007 and 2012, famously secured a loan move to the mighty Real Madrid despite not being able to hold down a first team spot in East London.

He became something of a figure of fun thereafter with pundit Paul Merson saying the Frenchman's agent 'deserved to be knighted'.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesFaubert famously secured a shock move to Real Madrid

Figure of fun

While in Madrid Faubert played just twice and was criticised after seemingly being caught on camera falling asleep on the bench at the Bernabeau.

Faubert has since denied falling asleep, saying he was taking a deep breath and contemplating.

After leaving West Ham Faubert has played in Turkey for Elazığspor, returned to Bordeaux for two years and ended up playing nine games for Kilmarnock in Scotland last season.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesFaubert in action for Barcelona's arch rivals Real Madrid

'So proud'

But the future looks bright for the Faubert family again after he announced his son has signed for Barcelona for next season.

"I'm happy to announce you my little one will start the season 2016-2017 with the FC Barcelona! So proud #love," Faubert posted on Instagram.


I'm happy to announce you my little one will start the season 2016-2017 with the @FCBarcelona !! #soproud #love

A photo posted by Julien Faubert Official (@faub22) on

Things could have worked out so differently for Faubert at West Ham.

While most Hammers fans will remember him as something of a flop, he did played over 90 games for the club and was always committed and hardworking.

Originally signed as a flying winger, the club had high hopes for Faubert who was nicknamed Le TVG - after the French express train - in his homeland.

West Ham United's Julien FaubertFaubert had to revert to right back after an achilles injury

Things could have been so different

But disaster struck when he ruptured his achilles tendon during a pre-season friendly before making his full debut and spent six months on the sidelines.

As with so many players who suffer achilles injuries, Faubert never truly rediscovered the explosive pace that made him such a threat.

He was forced to drop into the right back position to revive his career but suffered from a lack of natural defensive instinct.

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