Adrian comments on West Ham United goalkeeper rival Darren Randolph's new contract

West Ham's Adrian celebrates their first goal

The Hammers goalkeeper could be forgiven for resenting his teammates good form for Ireland at Euro 2016, but is happy for his colleague.

West Ham's Adrian celebrates their first goal

West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian has told the club's official website that he is delighted to see Darren Randolph rewarded for his impressive for for the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 by being handed a new contract at the club.

Despite serving as deputy to Adrian at Upton Park last season, Randolph was Ireland's first-choice goalkeeper during the summer tournament at France as Martin O'Neill's side reached the last 16.

The 29-year-old served as Slaven Bilic's cup stopper last term, making nine of his 15 appearances in all competitions in either domestic cup competitions or in the Europa League qualifiers 12 months ago.

Republic of Ireland's Darren Randolph

However, he is considered a very able deputy by the Hammers hierarchy, and after his impressive showing for his country he was rewarded with fresh extended terms last month.

Adrian, who kept his teammate out of the side for the majority of the season, admitted that he is delighted to see Randolph being given the recognition he deserves and insisted that the stiff competition provided by the Irishman is something to relish rather than fear.

The Spaniard told the club's official website: "I am very happy with the news. Darren is a great keeper and everyone asks me about the competition for the goalkeepers.

West Ham's Adrian in action with Chelsea's Oscar

"I think this is the best thing because it makes us want to give 120 per cent every day in training and in the games because you want to keep your position in the team.

"It is a great thing for us and also for the team. I am happy for Darren as he did very well with Ireland during the Euro finals and he deserves his new contract."

Despite his well wishes, Adrian will be intent on ensuring that the first-choice spot between the posts remains his this term as West Ham begin the new chapter of their history at their new Olympic Stadium home.

Randolph, however, will have other ideas and will see his performances for Ireland this summer and his new deal as the perfect springboard to launch a challenge.

Darren Randolph celebrates after Victor Moses (not pictured) scores the first goal for West Ham

 

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