Manuel Lanzini shares the dream he has for West Ham's season

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Manuel Lanzini is dreaming of Champions League qualification for West Ham this season.

West Ham United playmaker Manuel Lanzini has told the club's official website that he is dreaming of a place in the Champions League.

The Hammers sit just two points off the top four after a superb first season under the stewardship of manager Slaven Bilic, and three wins in a row have the Hammers on the brink of something incredibly special.

With Manchester City in poor form since announcing the imminent arrival of Pep Guardiola as their new manager, and Arsenal seemingly imploding as the season draws to an end, West Ham are now right in the mix for a Champions League place - and of those three, Bilic's men are currently in the best state.

Qualifying for Europe's top club competition would be some way to bow out of Upton Park, as West Ham prepare to move into the Olympic Stadium this summer, and if they did that as a Champions League club, Bilic's would already go down as one of the great Hammers managers of recent times.

This weekend, it's a trip to Chelsea for the Hammers in a winnable encounter given the Blues' problems this season, and playmaker Manuel Lanzini has been looking ahead to the game as well as West Ham's season as a whole.

The Argentine, 23, has hit five goals and one assist so far this season having joined on loan from Al-Jazira last summer, and he told West Ham's official website that qualification for Europe - whether that's the Champions League or Europa League - is possible for West Ham, though he's allowing himself to dream of Champions League qualification for the end of the season.

"I think that European qualification is definitely possible," said Lanzini. "With the way we are playing at the moment, anything is possible. In football anything can happen, there can always be surprises in football. We are well placed in the table and that hasn’t happened by chance. I think we are playing well and we are having a great season with the brilliant squad that the manager has built."

"Obviously, when you are in a position like we are, you always want more. So why not dream of being in the Champions League next season," he added.

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