(Update 1: adds Mignolet's quotes, Liverpool's signing of Adrian, modifies title)
Brussels, Aug 5 (efe-epa).- Club Brugge on Monday announced the signing of Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet from Liverpool on a five-year contract.
The 31-year-old keeper, who ended his six-year spell with Liverpool, has undergone a medical check-up in Bruges, according to the Belgian side.
“It is official! Simon is a Bruges boy,” Club Brugge posted to Twitter.
“Mignolet brings a lot of experience to the club,” added in a statement the club that has reportedly paid seven million euros ($7.8 million) for the goalie’s services.
Mignolet kicked off his career at Sint-Truidense and then joined the Premier League side Sunderland in 2010.
He moved in 2013 to Liverpool, with which he played 204 games and won the 2019 UEFA Champions League in June, although spent the latter part of his stint on the bench as a replacement for Alisson.
Mignolet also helped Belgium finish third at the 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup after winning 2-0 over England.
The Belgian international posted an emotional farewell to Liverpool and its fans through social media, which was published on Liverpool’s official website.
“After more than six special years at Liverpool, the time has come to say goodbye. It’s been an incredible honor to represent one of the biggest clubs in the world, and to achieve things that few players ever manage to achieve,” Mignolet said.
He also expressed his gratitude to the club’s supporters, saying that his best moment in Merseyside was the Champions League final in Madrid in May, when Liverpool claimed its sixth European crown.
Mignolet also hailed that squad, saying that “the current squad is the best I’ve ever been a part of.”
In related news, Liverpool announced the signing of Spanish goalie Adrian San Miguel del Castillo, simply known as Adrian, on a free transfer, having completed his contract with fellow Premier League side, West Ham United.
“The 32-year-old goalkeeper has signed a deal with the Reds following the departure of Simon Mignolet on a permanent switch to Club Brugge earlier today,” Liverpool’s note read.
“I’m feeling really happy; really happy to be here and to work in this great club and start doing my stuff on the pitch as soon as possible,” Adrian told the club’s website.
The Seville-born Adrian, 32, started his soccer career in Spain, going through the youth teams at Real Betis, until he got promoted to the first team in Jul. 2012.
He joined West Ham just one year later, and stayed with the Hammers across the following six seasons making a total of 150 appearances in all competitions. EFE-EPA