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Benrahma proud to be latest Algerian to join West Ham

Former Brentford attacker Said Benrahma is delighted to be the latest Algerian to play for West Ham.

When an Algerian player moves to one of Europe's leading clubs, the whole country gets behind him, as was the case when Sofiane Feghouli joined the Hammers in 2016, Riyad Mahrez won the Premier League title with Leicester City and then again when the talented winger joined Manchester City.

Benrahma, who is close friends with and an international teammate of both players, is hoping to do all Algerians proud every time he pulls on a Claret and Blue shirt.

“I am proud to represent Algeria in the Premier League, and there's already a player who's representing Algeria very well, who is Riyad Mahrez," he told West Ham TV. “Hopefully I can do my best to represent it (my country) well too.

“They love us back there, so we'll try to give it back to them on the pitch and make them proud. I'm proud to be an Algerian."

Benrahma, who will hope to bring his exceptional form in the Championship for Brentford to West Ham and the Premier League, revealed he had spoken to both Feghouli and Mahrez before deciding to swap west London for the East End.

"Sofiane is a great player who had a spell at West Ham," he confirmed. “I talked to him and he gave some good advice and told me positive things about the club. He helped me with my decision and I'm very happy about it. I hope I can do my best here, just like he did."

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