David Gold speaks of West Ham’s ultimate dream

David Gold says that West Ham United want to win the Europa League in order to qualify for the 2016-17 Champions League campaign.

West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has underlined the importance of taking the Europa League seriously on the club's official website.

The Hammers have been given the chance to play in the prestigious European competition due to their Fair Play record.

The Premier League outfit will take on Andorran side FC Lusitans in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.

The first leg of the tie will be played at the Boleyn Ground on July 2, with the second leg due to held in Andorra seven days later.

Gold is relishing the prospect of having European football at West Ham’s home ground and has highlighted the importance of winning the Europa League in the upcoming 2015-16 campaign.

“This is our entry into Europe and is the beginning of a long journey, but an exciting one at the same time,” the 78-year-old told West Ham’s official website.

“We know the rewards for winning the competition is a place in the Champions League and that is the ultimate dream.”

On the right track

It will not be easy for West Ham to qualify for the group stage of the Europa League, let alone win the competition, but Gold’s comments should be encouraging for the club’s fans.

Finishing in the top four of the Premier League next season will be beyond the Hammers.

After all, for the foreseeable future, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal will remain the top-four teams in England.

The Europa League, though, does provide a way for West Ham to make it to the Champions League, and it is great that the club are taking the competition seriously.

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