Nikola Jurcevic comments on West Ham move after becoming Bilic's assistant

West Ham have appointed Nikola Jurcevic as their new assistant manager.

Nikola Jurcevic has spoken to the West Ham official website after joining the club as Slaven Bilic's assistant manager on Friday.

Jurcevic, 49, is a former Croatian international midfielder, who has almost exclusively worked alongside Bilic over the last ten years.

Jurcevic has been Bilic's assistant with the Croatian national team, Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas, with the duo clearly forming a strong partnership over the years.

Now, the latest chapter in the Bilic-Jurcevic story is set to be written, after West Ham confirmed on their official website that Jurcevic has been appointed as the club's new assistant manager.

Speaking to the West Ham official website following his arrival, Jurcevic admitted that he 'said yes straight away' when Bilic called to ask him to make the move to Upton Park.

He also added that he can't wait to work in the Premier League, and believes his relationship with Bilic will be a major asset for the Hammers.

"I am very happy that I can start work at the Club. I am very motivated for the future and think we have a good team. I hope we will have a very good season," said Jurcevic. "I am very excited to work in England because I think that the Premier League is one of the best in the world."

"I have worked with Slaven for a number of years with the Croatian national team, Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas. He called me about West Ham and I said yes straight away. I know it is a big opportunity for me and I am happy to work in the Premier League, live in London and work for a big club like West Ham."

"I know Slaven well and when I started my career as a coach and was manager in Croatia, Slaven called me when he was national coach and we worked together for six-years. We are good friends but we have a similar view on football and we work really well together," he added.

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