Key West Ham defender lavishes praise on Slaven Bilic; hints at Hammers stay

Aaron Cresswell has been a standout member of West Ham United's team in their impressive Premier League campaign.

West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell has praised his manger Slaven Bilic, labelling him as 'excellent', as reported by the London Evening Standard.

He also appeared to quash rumours of a move away from the club by speaking of his excitement at the prospect of playing at the Olympic Stadium.

Liverpool-born Cresswell spoke about how Bilic has helped him develop, saying, "He's been fantastic for me personally. He’s passionate about the game, passionate about his job and West Ham – that’s what you like to see."

West Ham have enjoyed a fine season in the league and currently sit in sixth position, eight points behind fourth placed Arsenal with a game in hand on their London rivals.

The 26-year-old left-back has missed only one game in the Premier League for the Hammers, and amid rumours of a move to boyhood club Liverpool, he responded by saying how much he is looking forward to next season at West Ham's new home.

"It’s going to be fantastic next season - once it’s all kitted out, I can’t wait to see it," he said.

The Evening Standard also go on to report how Cresswell signed a new six-year deal only last season and are in no rush to hold talks regarding a new contract.

"We review the contracts of our players all the time but there is no rush with Aaron as his deal still has six years to run, including an option period," Bilic said.

West Ham face a trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday before home games against Swansea City and Manchester United.

They finish their season with a trip to Stoke City, and with top four rivals Manchester City and Arsenal going head-to-head on the penultimate weekend of the campaign, four wins would give the Hammers a chance of climbing into the top four by the end of the season.

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