Aaron Cresswell reassures West Ham fans over club's ambitions, Chelsea be warned

England's Aaron Cresswell during training

Key West Ham United star Aaron Cresswell has reassured fans over the club's ambitions, which should serve as a warning to their next opponents Chelsea.

West Ham United manager Slaven BilicWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

The Hammers endured a torrid first of of their second season under Slaven Bilic and at one stage flirted with the relegation places.

The East Londoners were knocked out of the Europa League at the qualifying stage and were also sent packing with heavy defeats in both the FA Cup and EFL Cup to Manchester City and Manchester United respectively.

To compound matters Bilic lost wantaway star Dimitri Payet in January as the Frenchman demanded a transfer back to former club Marseille.

Payet's actions had created a poisonous atmosphere at the club and team morale as well as results have improved drastically since his departure.

So much so that the Hammers have lost only twice in the last 12 Premier League games - both of those unlucky defeats to Leicester City and Manchester United - and are now sitting in the relative comfort of ninth place in the table.

With a sizeable gap to the likes of Everton above them, West Ham could be forgiven for taking their foot off the gas for the remainder of the campaign, particularly with the club well clear of any trouble.

But a massive game against Champions-elect and bitter London rivals Chelsea looming large on Monday night, Cresswell has moved to reassure fans that will not be the case in an interview with the club's official website.

West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell is substituted off as West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic looks onWest Ham United's Aaron Cresswell with Bilic

“We’re not about to pack our suitcases, that’s for sure,” Cresswell told whufc.com.

“With the lads we’ve got here, we’re not going to rest on our laurels and accept 10th or 12th position.

“While there are points to play for, we’ll give it everything we’ve got week-in, week-out and try to get as many points on the board as we can between now and 21 May.”

That will be music to the ears of West Ham's fans who have paid their hard earned money to follow the team home and away through some difficult times this season.

West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate celebrates scoring against ChelseaCheikhou Kouyate celebrates scoring against Chelsea in the EFL cup win

The Hammers have already beaten the Blues once this season - 2-1 in the EFL Cup - and will hope to repeat the feat and throw a spanner in the works for Antonio Conte's title charge.

Beyond the Chelsea game it must be remembered that 52,000 Hammers fans bought season tickets this term - the second highest in the country behind only Manchester United.

If the club wants to retain that huge core fanbase to fill what looks set to be an increased 66,000 capacity London Stadium next season then supporters will need to see evidence of progress on the pitch in the last 12 games.

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