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Pellegrini “delighted” with double signing

Pellegrini “delighted” with double signing

Manuel Pellegrini says he is delighted to welcome duo Felipe Anderson and Fabian Balbuena to West Ham, and has backed both players to be hits at the London Stadium.

Club record signing Anderson joined the Hammers late last week in a £40 million deal from Lazio, while Balbuena – a a Paraguay international – signed from Brazilian side Corinthians.

The pair are West Ham’s sixth and seventh signings of the summer so far in what has been a busy few months in East London, and Pellegrini says he cannot wait to get working with both men on the training ground.

“I am delighted to welcome Felipe and Fabian to West Ham United,” Pellegrini said. “We have been watching both players for some time and were determined to bring them to the club.

“Felipe has a very natural and skilful ability, in the traditional style of Brazilian football, but has proven at Lazio that he also has the strength and mentality to play at the top level in European football.

“We feel he will bring a new dimension to the squad but also complement the attacking players we already have.

“Fabian is a strong and talented defender who has shown great leadership qualities with Corinthians in Brazil. He is ready to prove his quality on a bigger stage and I believe he has the right character to succeed in the Premier League.”

Anderson and Balbuena follow Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Lukasz Fabianski, Jack Wilshere and Anrdriy Yarmolenko in making their way to east London this summer and Pellegrini is delighted with the business done.

“We are very happy with the players we have signed since I arrived and it gives us a big confidence ahead of the new season,” he added.

“The club have made a very big investment this summer and I must thank the owners for their support and backing.

“It has been a very successful week for us with the arrival of four new players, and we look forward to implementing their qualities into our plans and preparations.”