Modric encouraged Arbeloa’s West Ham move

West Ham United's latest signing, Alvaro Arbeloa, has revealed he was encouraged to join the club on the advice of former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric.

Arbeloa joined West Ham on a one-year contract before the close of the August transfer window and will wear the number five shirt.

The right-back has won the FIFA World Cup and is a two-time UEFA European Championship winner with Spain.

He also enjoyed great success at Madrid as he helped the Spanish giants win the UEFA Champions League on two occasions.

The 33-year-old comes highly recommended as a defender despite the fact he is in the latter stages of his career.

The player left Madrid at the end of last season and his former coach at the club, Jose Mourinho, penned a touching open letter testifying to his outstanding character.

Nonetheless, Arbeloa has revealed he decided to join West Ham on the advice of Modric, who spoke highly of Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.

He told the club's official website, "For me, this is a great chance to be back in England and in the Premier League, which is a fantastic league and I want to put myself here again. Slaven wants to see me training as soon as possible.

"I was talking with [Croatia internationals] Luka Modric and Matteo Kovacic and they told me good things about the coach, so I want to work with him and hopefully I can learn a lot of things."