Union Berlin goalkeeper Rafał Gikiewicz claims he rejected West Ham | OneFootball
Union Berlin goalkeeper Rafał Gikiewicz claims he rejected West Ham
Union Berlin Rafał Gikiewicz has revealed that West Ham were keen to make him their number two goalkeeper but rejected the move.
Gikiewicz was called up to the Poland national team for last June’s Euro 2020 qualifiers for the first time at age 31 and sat on the bench with Bologna goalkeeper Łukasz Skorupski behind Łukasz Fabiański.
However, being behind Fabiański for the foreseeable future is not something that he wanted in his life.
“I could have been a colleague of Łukasz Fabiański,” Gikiewicz told Polish outlet SportoWefakty.
“When he got injured, I got a call that if the goalkeeper who was to replace him failed the second medical tests, they would target me.
“But I rejected it right away. I know Łukasz’s position there.
“I was supposed to be there only for a few matches, which would make my dreams come true, but I don’t know what would happen next.
“Going to a big club to be a substitute, I’m not interested.”
With West Ham bringing Darren Randolph back into the fold, a move for Gikiewicz will probably not be happening even though he’s available on a free transfer this summer.
Gikiewicz has been Union Berlin’s everyday goalkeeper this season and will be in action against Bayern Munich this weekend.