Cheikhou Kouyate admits he often discusses West Ham fans with Payet

The team were strongly backed once again in their 2-2 draw away at Chelsea on Saturday.

West Ham United star Cheikhou Kouyate has admitted he often speaks with Dimitri Payet about the club’s fans, in comments made to the club's official website.

The midfielder signed a new five-year deal with the club last Friday, having impressed in Slaven Bilic’s side this season.

Indeed, he has been a key part of their success so far as they hunt down a potential Champions League place come the end of the campaign.

Looking ahead, he says he is excited to move to the Olympic Park stadium next season and the increased crowds that will bring, having been impressed with the supporters this season.

“Even when playing at Upton Park, I get excited by the support the fans give us,” he told

“So now, imagining the new stadium, when we will have over 50,000 fans behind us, it is just going to be magnificent.”

“It is incredible with the fans. I have never seen that in my career, the fans here really are magnificent. I often speak with Dimitri and we are both really impressed by the fans here.”

Kouyate will now be hoping he can help his side secure Champions League football for their new stadium next season.

They were left disappointed on Saturday afternoon as a controversial penalty for Chelsea sure them share the points with their rivals and miss out on moving into the top four.

However, Manchester United’s win over Manchester City means the Hammers are now just a point behind Manuel Pellegrini’s side in fourth.

That leaves Champions League football very much up for grabs in the games remaining, and Kouyate and his teammates will surely be keen to make it theirs.

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