West Ham United's new signing, Razvan Rat, is hoping to prove himself in the Premier League after his move.

The 32-year old left-back has made 88 international appearances for Romania and will join the Hammers from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The defender has revealed that he's excited at the prospect of a new challenge in the Premier League and hopes he can show his experience of playing in Europe.

"For me it is a challenge and new motivation," he told Shakhtar's official website. "For the new team (West Ham), I will try to prove to them that I am coming from a team that played in the Champions League and that I have a high level of skill."

The Romanian has spent the past ten years at Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk after joining them in 2003 from Rapid Bucuresti. He has racked up exactly 300 games for the Ukrainian champions including 57 UEFA Champions League appearances.

During his time at Donetsk Rat has lifted seven Ukrainian Premier League titles, four Ukrainian Cups and the UEFA Cup.

He will officially join his team-mates at Upton Park on July 1 when his contract with Donetsk expires. Although the club have signed Rat on a one-year deal, there is an option to extend it to three years. An option, the defender says, the club are keen on.

"I also have to meet the expectations of my new club, where they are sure I will spend three years," he added,. "I will demonstrate to them precisely the level I've shown here."

Rat is currently the eight most capped Romanian player of all time. He first captained his country in 2005 but became permanent captain in 2011, a status he still holds.

Rat captained Romania in Tuesday's 4-0 friendly win over Trinidad & Tobago, and now looks to lead his country to World Cup qualification.


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