Slaven Bilic makes bold claim about where West Ham now are in the Premier League

Slaven Bilic

The Hammers boss believes the club will move to the Olympic Stadium this summer as "one of the biggest sides" in the league.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has claimed to reporters, as quoted by the London Evening Standard, that the club will move to the Olympic Stadium as one of the biggest sides in the Premier League despite not yet having secured European football.

The Hammers have enjoyed a fine campaign but missed out on a place in the top six by losing 2-1 at Stoke City on Sunday in a disappointing end to a historic season.

There was one stage a few weeks ago when Bilic's side looked as though they might force their way into the top four, but a run of just three wins from their final nine fixtures dashed those hopes.

Now the Irons must hope Manchester United beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final next weekend, which would see them enter the Europa League at the qualifying round as another European spot would be opened up.

Despite the threat of ending a fine campaign with no European football to look forward to next season, Bilic believes that his side have established themselves as one of the top clubs in the Premier League with their on- and off-field progress.

The Croatian told reporters, as quoted by the Standard: "Of course it was a great season for us. At the start there were so many question marks with a new manager and new players.

"Now we go into the new stadium and we are one of the biggest sides in the league. That gives us confidence."

Though this season has undoubtedly been West Ham's most successful in recent years, Bilic's claim may be an ambitious one after they let slip their opportunity to secure a first top-six finish in 17 years.

They will be desperate to see United emerge victorious at Wembley and be able to boast European football next season as they look to kick on and cement themselves as a top English club next term.

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