Manuel Pellegrini suggests West Ham wanted to keep Adrian

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on August 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Adrian was Liverpool's hero in the Super Cup just a few months after leaving West Ham United on a free transfer.

Adrian of Liverpool celebrates victory during the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Vodafone Park on August 14, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey.

In comments reported by Football London, Manuel Pellegrini has suggested that West Ham wanted to keep Adrian before his departure earlier this summer, but insisted that he was very pleased to see the goalkeeper prove to be Liverpool's hero on Wednesday night.

It was the Spaniard who produced the decisive penalty save in the shootout in the Super Cup. The game had finished 2-2 after extra-time, and the first nine spot-kicks had been scored before Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham's effort was kept out by Adrian's leg.

 

It has been an incredible turn of events for Adrian, who only recently completed his move to Anfield as cover for Alisson. He immediately got the chance to make his debut for the Reds after the Brazilian sustained an injury in the win over Norwich, and he now has a European medal to show off.

And Pellegrini claimed that he was delighted to see the former Hammers ace steal the limelight while he also alluded to his disappointment that the 32-year-old did leave the London Stadium this summer.

Adrian of West Ham United during Training at Rush Green on May 10, 2019 in Romford, England.

"Very happy for him because he played a lot of years here at West Ham," he said, as reported by Football London. "I think that he is a very good goalkeeper, for different reasons he couldn't find an arrangement to continue here but we wanted him here. He's not just a good keeper but for the squad also.

"He signed for Liverpool and I am very happy for him."

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on August 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Although he would have been an excellent backup to keep hold of, his release was not exactly a decision that the majority of West Ham fans were too critical of when his departure was announced.

Lukasz Fabianski has done well since arriving, and Adrian had not been the undisputed first-choice for an entire season since the 2015/16 campaign. 

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