Lewis Page on West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

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Lewis Page made his first three appearances for West Ham United's first-team during their Europa League campaign.

Lewis Page has told West Ham United's official website that Slaven Bilic has made the club's youngsters feel part of the first-team set-up since taking charge of the club.

Bilic has been keen to give the Hammers' young players a chance to work alongside the seniors in training, and Page has been one of the players to benefit from this ethos.

The 19-year-old made his first three appearances for West Ham in the Europa League earlier this season, and he has praised Bilic's management. 

"The manager and all the staff are very welcoming, they make you feel part of the group and training has been really good. It’s all positive," the young defender said. 

Page has been out injured of late, but he is approaching full fitness again and recently returned to training. 

He will be hoping to continue making an impression, as he goes on the hunt for further first-team appearances.

Breaking into West Ham's starting line-up could be tough for the youngster, though, as the London club have started the season in impressive fashion.

The Hammers are currently sat in sixth place in the Premier League table, and have lost just two of their opening eight games.

It is a run of form which has caught the eye of many observers in English football, and Page believes his side have what it takes to continue challenging for a lofty finish in the top-flight standings. 

He added: “I really think we’re on for a top seven finish, I don’t see why not. That would be a great way to finish the final season at the Boleyn; we haven’t finished that high in the league for a long time. It would be a great send off.”

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