Adrian: City now bigger than United in Spain

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian has told FourFourTwo that Manchester City are now the most popular English club in Spain.

The 27-year-old Seville-born shot-stopper arrived in east London from Real Betis in June 2013 and has impressed the Upton Park faithful.

Making 20 Premier League appearances last season, the Spaniard earned particular plaudits for his performance in a 0-0 draw at Chelsea before being named runner-up to Mark Noble for 2014 'Hammer of the Year'.

With West Ham having won just one of their opening three league encounters this campaign, Adrian will be hoping for a quiet Monday night in Hull as the Hammers go in search of three points before taking on Liverpool and Manchester United.

Speaking exclusively to FourFourTwo, the keeper claims the Red Devils have now been usurped in the Spanish popularity stakes by crosstown rivals City.

"I think that above all people talk most about Manchester City and Chelsea," he said. "Chelsea have [Jose] Mourinho as manager, they signed Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and others who were in La Liga. It caused a stir over there.

"Of course there's Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal, but right now Man City are the biggest for people in Spain and the most closely followed. Their manager [Manuel] Pellegrini used to coach in Spain and they have various Spanish players.

"[There's] David Silva, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo but not anymore because he’s left [to join Valencia]. People in Spain talk about City quite a bit. At the moment they are the best known team."