By Daniel Feliciano

West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has revealed that he was once approached by Benfica about signing for the club during his time with the Hammers.

Fabianski signed for the east London outfit back in 2018 after four seasons with Swansea City in the Premier League in a deal worth around £7million.

He has since established himself as the number one shot-stopper at the club, seeing off competition from Paris Saint-Germain loanee Alphonse Areola so far in this campaign.

But it almost never got to this point for the recently retired Poland international, who revealed that he was once the subject of interest from Portuguese giants Benfica.

Speaking to Meczyki, as translated by Sport Witness, the 36-year-old admitted that he was approached about a transfer just a year into his tenure with the Hammers but says he never took the proposal too seriously as he always believed in the project at the London Stadium.

“Yes, it’s true. This was after my first season at West Ham. People from Benfica contacted me directly and said they were interested in me,” said Fabianski.

“They wanted to talk about the details, so I redirected them to my agent. He was already in further talks, but to be honest I did not take this proposal seriously.

“I believed in West Ham’s project all the time. I felt that we were going to grow. And I didn’t want to change the league. The Premier League is the pinnacle of a footballer’s dreams. I feel good enough that I can still play a little bit here.”

Thank you for staying

Fabianski was expected to face stiff competition for his position this season with World Cup winner and former Real Madrid loanee Areola’s arrival, but his form has been good enough to keep his place in the side.

He has managed to shed the ‘Flappy-handski’ nickname he earned during his time at Arsenal for a series of high-profile errors and has gone on to become one of the most reliable goalkeepers in the Premier League.

With just ten goals conceded in nine games including three clean sheets this season, Fabianski has justified David Moyes’ faith in him as the number one goalkeeper.

He now provides a calmness to the Hammers defence and with his ability to claim crosses and pull off reflex saves he has become an asset to a team that is chasing European football once again.

In other West Ham news, this is what Michail Antonio said to Cristian Romero in the win over Tottenham.

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