Goalkeeper Krisztián Hegyi has signed a new two-year deal at West Ham United, with an option for a further year. He will be loaned out to Motherwell for the 24/25 season. 

The Hungarian Under 21 international will hope to gain some valuable minutes in the Scottish Premiership this campaign, before returning to the club next summer where he will want to replace Lukasz Fabianski as back-up to Alphonse Areola.

In an interview with West Ham United, Hegyi said: “I’m absolutely delighted to sign a new contract with West Ham. It’s been a long time since I arrived here as a kid, but London is like home for me now. I feel I’m progressing with every single season, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what the future holds.”

Hegyi joined the club as a 17-year-old from Szombathelyi Haladas. He has made 49 appearances in Premier League 2, has been involved in several Premier League squads, and captained the PL2 side.

Hegyi received his first call-up for the Hungary national team in March 2023 as a 19-year-old, before he had even made an appearance in senior football. However, he is yet to make an appearance for his nation.

The Hammers loaned him out last campaign in search of some valuable first-team football. He joined Stevenage at the start of 23/24, making six appearances. However, he failed to displace fans favourite Taye Ashby-Hammond.

He joined Dutch second-division side FC Den Bosch during the second half of the season, becoming an important player. He kept six clean sheets in 17 matches which helped them stay up.

“I think I took a big step forward during the loan moves, especially when I was in Holland, and as a young goalkeeper, you just need to play games. Hopefully, in the coming season, I can continue on the same path.

“I’m really excited about the chance to join Motherwell on loan. It’s an opportunity to play in a big league, in some big stadiums, and I can’t wait to get on the pitch now and continue working hard.”

Hegyi was full of praise for West Ham goalkeeper coach Xavi Valero, who was thrilled to hear that the Hungarian had signed a contract extension. After keeping an eye on the goalkeeper at Stevenage and in the Netherlands, the Spanish coach is certain he will continue to progress in Scotland.

Xavi Valero said: “I’m so happy that Krisztián has signed a new deal. He is a big talent, who has all the attributes you look for in a goalkeeper. He’s been at West Ham for a long time, and I think a lot of us at the club believe he’s got everything he needs to go to the very top.

“A player’s first loan moves are always difficult, but he gained good experience last season. Over in Holland, in particular, he did really well and played a lot of games. It was good for him to experience new environments and new competitions, and now he has a big chance up at Motherwell.

“I think it’s a really good move for him. Motherwell are a strong team in a good league, there are some big games in that division, and I’m confident he’ll come back to us in an even stronger position.”