Slaven Bilic has high hopes for Besiktas this season

The West Ham United boss is hopeful his former club can win the Turkish title.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has already proved himself a popular choice by the West Ham board. Hammers fans have taken to the Croatian well and excellent away wins against the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City have helped his cause.

But while his focus is now solely on West Ham United there is no doubt he still holds a soft spot for his former club.

Bilic was with Besiktas in Turkey for two seasons and was a highly popular figure with the club’s fans.

He has been speaking to the Turkish media this week and informed Fanatik of his hope that Besiktas can conquer the Turkish Super Lig this season:

"Every moment for me, every minute Besiktas. I keep in touch with the employees of the club and the players. I have an opportunity to talk on the phone a lot with them.

“If there is an opportunity, I try to follow the matches. Besiktas, will always be in my heart.

“Them, I wish success towards the championship. I hope they will lift the championship trophy at the end of the season.”

The Istanbul club, now managed by former Turkey boss Senol Gunes, have started the campaign in great form. They are currently top of the Super Lig table with 13 points from six games this season, leading the chasing pack of Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and surprise outfit Osmanlispor.

Bilic will certainly be a happy man if that can remain.

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