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West Ham defender Aguerd thrilled with winning debut


West Ham United defender Nayef Aguerd was all smiles after his side beat Silkeborg IF in the Europa Conference League.

The Hammers emerged with a 1-0 win from a tight and hard-fought contest on Thursday.

Aguerd was delighted as he finally made his competitive debut for the club, after signing in the summer.

He stated post-game to club media: “It was great. I'd been waiting for this moment since after I had my injury.

“Unfortunately I had this injury soon after I came to West Ham and having two months out of the pitch has been hard, but today was the right time in front of our fans.

“Thank you to everyone who helped me to come back – the medical staff, everyone, and also my national team – so I am very happy.

“It was difficult because I came here, and I know the Club trust me because they spent a lot of money on me, and the fans were excited to see me on the pitch.

“Football is something we don't control, and injuries are part of our career, so today I'm just happy.

“I'm trying to enjoy the moments with the lads, and I will keep working. I work hard, so I keep working to come back stronger than before.

“I had the chance also to see a lot of games and I knew the lads, I was on the bench for all the games, so it was difficult to watch them on the pitch. As I told you, I'm very happy, very proud. I worked a lot, so I'm very proud.

“We play every game to win, and it was our goal to finish top of the group.

“Now we have another game in the Premier League against Manchester United, and we are not finished with the European games, as we still have another game in Bucharest.

“So, we'll have time to prepare for this game and we are very happy for qualification and that's it."

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