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Bonds and Cole excited for West Ham's future

Two Hammers legends have spoken of their high hopes regarding the future of West Ham United.

It must be a wonderful time to be a West Ham fan. One point behind fourth placed Manchester City in the Premier League with a brand new stadium waiting to be christened, whilst being on the cusp of an exciting new era.

It seems like a lifetime ago that Joe Cole was England's next big thing, wearing the famous claret and blue strip, and even longer still, when Billy Bonds captained his side to FA Cup glory in 1975 and 1980.

They have both been speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, saying that their former club have every chance of playing Champions League football next season. Bonds said:

"Who knows, they could sneak into the Champions League. They have played really well all year."

When asked what he thought was the key factor behind West Ham's great season, he was unequivocal in his response:

"Team spirit. It comes across to me now that there is a great sprit within the club."

He said he spoke to Slaven Bilic about the fantastic harmony amongst the group of players, and the West ham manager told him it was deeply ingrained in the culture of the club:

"I spoke to Slaven and he said the spirit has always been here, it's part of the club."

Former West Ham, Chelsea and England man Cole echoed those sentiments, whilst highlighting the great opportunity his old club have now to progress further still:

"There has been a major shift in Premier League football this year, and now West Ham have a massive opportunity to compete with the big boys. Over the next five years or so they will have higher attendances, with Champions League football on the horizon.

Things are certainly looking up in the East-End of London, and their potential seems to be limitless.

Bonds and Cole were at Upton Park in support of Mark Noble's testimonial, where a capacity crowd saw Noble's West Ham beat a team of Hammers all-stars 6-5.

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