The 19-year-old has signed a three-year deal having impressed over the course of a recent trial period at the east London club, during which he scored against Arsenal in a Premier League 2 Division 1 match.
‘I feel really good signing for West Ham,’ Ekwah told West Ham TV. ‘I’m really happy in myself. I want to thank the Club for the opportunity they have given me. It’s a big achievement for me.
‘I really think that West Ham is a Club where everyone is working all together. The U23s and the first team work really closely to each other, and I think that young players here have got a good chance of breaking into the first team, as they have done in the past.
‘Loads of young players have reached the first team: Declan Rice has been captain, and he’s so young and playing so well. Mark Noble is an unbelievable player who’s been there and done the same. I just want to do similarly to them.
‘When West Ham gave me the opportunity to come in for two weeks, I took it, saw how the Club worked, and I just enjoyed it. They gave me the opportunity to sign and I said ‘Yeah, I’m taking this shirt away!”
The France Under-16 international graduated from the famous Clairefontaine academy before joining Chelsea three years ago but failed to make a senior appearance for the Champions League holders.
‘I like creative players, and players who break things up as well. I’m a ball player as well, so that’s the position I really enjoy playing in,’ he added.
‘I would say, because I’m French, Zinedine Zidane [was my idol]! He was my guy. [I also like] Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, Claude Makelele…
‘I wasn’t looking at just one player, I was literally looking at every single team who had that midfielder who was the break-up player or the playmaker, I was just looking at them and taking in everything I could. I still do it when I watch football.
‘I’m really looking forward to getting started here. It’s a big thing.’
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