Slaven Bilic frustrated that West Ham United have to play a friendly so early

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham United are set to play their first pre-season friendly against Seattle Sounders tomorrow.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic has admitted to West Ham United’s official site that he is not best pleased that his side have to play a match against Seattle Sounders so early into their pre-season schedule.

West Ham only recently travelled out to the United States, as they step up their preparations for the campaign ahead.

Bilic wanted to use the time to get his team on the training ground, but West Ham have a match against Seattle pencilled in for tomorrow.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

And the Croatian manager said: “It’s not ideal [to play a fixture so early in pre-season], but we have trained for a few days and on Monday on a bigger pitch so the players can play on Tuesday.

“We have 19 outfield players, so most will play 45 minutes. It’s a game, but we’re going to treat it [more] like a training game, because the most important thing is that nobody gets injured.

“Normally you like to train for at least a week or ten days before the first game, so it’s not ideal like this, but hopefully it’s going to be all right.”

West Ham have been able to welcome both new signings, Havard Nortdveit and Sofiane Feghouli, to pre-season training.

The Hammers are still some way off completing their squad for next season, though, with Bilic working on more transfer deals.

West Ham's manager Slaven Bilic looks dejected

West Ham are on the hunt for a new striker, with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Christian Benteke both tipped as potential targets previously.

West Ham’s pre-season tour of America sees them also take on the Carolina Railhawks, before they return back to London.

The Hammers’ competitive campaign gets underway on Saturday 13th August, with a match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

West Ham's manager Slaven Bilic looks dejected

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