Filed: Tuesday, 23rd June 2009
By: Staff Writer
West Ham United have confirmed the loan signing of Luis Jiminez from Inter.
The Chilean international captain's arrival was confirmed this evening on whufc.com. Jimenez - who leaves the San Siro after two seasons with Inter - said:
"I am very happy, very excited and determined to show what I can do. I am a player who loves to play football, to be in a team that keeps the ball, to create opportunities and also score goals. I can't promise anything but I am going to do everything possible to do a good job for the club.
"I know West Ham are a fantastic club who have had a lot of great players. I had options to join other clubs but I watched West Ham's last game of the season and I liked it a lot. I preferred this option because I really admire the way they try to play.
"Gianfranco Zola was one of the things that drew me to West Ham - I can identify with the type of football he wants to play."
Jiminez on YouTube (once again we apologise for the audio)
The deal was finally tied up earlier this afternoon following weeks of speculation. A work permit for Jimenez was secured earlier this month, as previously reported here on KUMB.com.
Jimenez becomes West Ham's second Chilean player following centre half Javier Margas, who played under Harry Redknapp in the late 1990s.
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07:53PM 23rd Jun 2009
''That's brightened up my day! He looks like the sort of player we haven't had for years bar Tevez (for the love of God make sure he's registered). Very exciting!''