Luis Guilherme signs with West Ham

The young Brazilian attacking midfielder has signed a contract with the 'Hammers' for the next five seasons.

Luis Guilherme signs with West Ham
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West Ham announced this Thursday the signing of Luis Guilherme.

The 18-year-old Brazilian attacking midfielder, who stood out while playing for Palmeiras, a team coached by Abel Ferreira, has signed a five-year contract with the 'Hammers'. This move marks a significant step in Guilherme's career as he embarks on his first adventure in European football, joining one of the most competitive leagues in the world.

In his first words as a player for the English team, the young creative midfielder did not hide his excitement. "I am very happy to sign for West Ham, a club that trusted in my work. I also want to thank everyone at the club, especially Tim [Steidten, technical director] and his team, who came to Brazil and spoke not only with me but also with my family. They presented us with the project, and both my family and I liked it. I am very happy to sign with the club and hope to contribute as much as possible. If things go well, we have a beautiful journey ahead of us. The Premier League is the best league in the world. Since I was 11 years old, I had this dream, and now it has become a reality. I am very happy about that and grateful to West Ham," he said.

Guilherme's transfer is part of a broader trend of talented young players leaving Palmeiras for European clubs. Recently, Abel Ferreira, the coach of Palmeiras, saw another gem of "Verdão" depart: Endrick, who signed with Real Madrid. Endrick's move was a significant loss for Palmeiras, but it highlighted the club's ability to develop young talent capable of attracting interest from top European teams.

Estevão, another highly regarded young talent from the Brazilian champions, is also on the verge of moving to the Old Continent, with Chelsea being his likely destination. This trend underscores the global recognition of Palmeiras' youth development program and the increasing demand for Brazilian talent in European football.

Luis Guilherme's signing with West Ham represents not only a personal milestone for the young player but also a testament to the continued export of Brazilian footballing talent to Europe. His future at West Ham will be closely watched by fans and pundits alike, as he aims to make a significant impact in the Premier League and continue the legacy of successful Brazilian players abroad.