Speaking to Polish news outlet Meczyki, West Ham United mainstay Lukasz Fabianski has made an intriguing comment involving Primeira Liga giants Benfica.
The Lowdown: Fabianski ‘untouchable’…
Despite the summer signing of Paris-Saint Germain shot stopper Alphonse Areola on a season-long loan with the option to buy, Hammers veteran Fabianski has remained one of the first names on manager David Moyes’ team sheet domestically.
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This is despite a previous claim from Football Insider that the Scotsman was planning to steadily phase Areola into his starting eleven and eventually replace the ‘untouchable’ 36-year-old on a more regular basis.
Indeed, since signing from Swansea City back in 2018, the keeper has gone on to make 111 appearances in all competitions – but he has had opportunities to make a move elsewhere in that period.
The Latest: Fabianski drops Benfica admission…
Speaking to Meczyki, the former Arsenal man has lifted the lid on direct contact once made to sign him from Portuguese giants Benfica.
When asked about rumours of the specific offer from Portugal, Fabianski confirmed they were in fact real.
“Yes it’s true. It was after the first season at West Ham,” he explained.
“The people from Benfica contacted me directly and said they were interested in me.
“They wanted to discuss the details so I redirected them to my agent. He already had further talks, but to be honest I did not take this proposal seriously.”
The Verdict: Interesting admission…
Given Fabianski had opportunities to move elsewhere, as now confirmed by the man himself, the fact he chose to remain in east London, even during some of the darker days, should only endear him to Irons supporters more.
The keeper has gone on to become a good servant for Moyes and some fans may even be hoping he decides to extend his stay past 2022.
Whether that would be as a back-up to Areola or another new signing remains to be seen.
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