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West Ham's Obiang keen for regular role after signing new deal
July 7, 2017 / 11:03 AM / 4 months ago

West Ham's Obiang keen for regular role after signing new deal

(Reuters) - West Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang wants to establish himself as a mainstay in the squad after signing a new five-year deal to keep him at the London club until 2020, the Premier League team announced on Thursday.

Britain Football Soccer - Southampton v West Ham United - Premier League - St Mary's Stadium - 4/2/17 West Ham United's Pedro Obiang celebrates scoring their second goal Reuters / Dylan Martinez

Obiang joined West Ham from Italy’s Sampdoria in 2015 and played 23 league matches in his debut campaign but the Spaniard failed to cement a more regular place last season, making just 22 league appearances under manager Slaven Bilic.

”I think here we can do many things. When I start to play, I have confidence and I don’t know why the situation changed (last season), Obiang, 25, told the club’s website.

“I had the possibility to start and to demonstrate what I wanted to demonstrate in my first season here, but for many reasons I didn’t do. Now I have time to do it.”

Obiang is expected to be a part of West Ham’s pre-season tour as the London side travel to Austria, Germany and Iceland before their first league fixture on Aug. 12.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru

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