Josh Cullen posted a heartfelt message to West Ham United supporters on Instagram after the midfielder completed a last-minute move to Belgian giants Anderlecht on a permanent – prompting reaction from Grady Diangana and Hammers players.
Cullen, 24, has moved to Anderlecht from West Ham for a bargain figure of just £1million (Sky Sports Transfer Centre, October 5, 9:05am). That is despite the Ireland international breaking into the senior side and making 10 Hammers outings.
The hard-working midfielder played for Charlton Athletic over the past two seasons under ex-Hammer Lee Bowyer, having a hand in 66 appearances in all competitions for the Addicks – helping them get promoted to the Championship in 2018-19.
However, Cullen is one of a number of players to have left West Ham – making the somewhat surprising move to join Anderlecht. It sees the Ireland ace team up with Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany, who is the club’s head coach.
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When I walked in to Chadwell Heath as a 9 year old, my dream was to play for the first team at West Ham United. After years of training, matches, tournaments and sacrifices on 02/07/15 I achieved that and made my first team debut for the club I have supported and followed my whole life in front of a packed Upton Park. No one will ever be able to take my appearances for the club away from me and I loved every minute of them. There is too many people to thank who have helped and supported me along the way to make me the player and person I am today but you all know who you are. The timing was right at this stage in my career to take on a new challenge and exciting opportunity. West Ham United will always hold a special place in my heart and I wish the club all the very best for a successful future and I look forward coming to watch the boys whenever I get the opportunity ⚒❤️ @westham
Cullen also posted a short message to Anderlecht fans after completing a move, in which he is believed to have signed a three-year contract with Kompany’s outfit. He will look to break into the side and help them compete for the Belgian title.
Diangana was another sale this summer, joining West Brom on a permanent basis and he responded, as did Jack Wilshere on his new Anderlecht post. Many other Hammers players also commented.