Dimitri Payet has promised the fans a “fairytale” ending of the season as he expects his team to clinch a spot in the Europa League by finishing fifth this season.
The Frenchman also wants to end his debut season on a high by winning the FA Cup, as reported by the Mirror.
The 28-year-old has agreed to sign a new long-term deal earlier this month which made him the highest-paid player in the history of the club.
When asked where West Ham will stand once the season ends, Payet said: “Fifth place and Europa League qualification.”
The former Marseille player urged his teammates to stack up points and pursue their good form. He even compared West Ham to Manchester United and Southampton and stated that he chose the Hammers because he believes the club can achieve all of its ambitions.
It’s up to us to win the points as we’ve been doing since the start of the season. We’re fighting with clubs like Manchester United and Southampton and it’s going to be tight until the end. We are working to finish as high as possible. West Ham has the means to achieve its ambitions. It was for this reason I had no problem in staying because I felt the club really wanted me to stay.
Payet wants to help West Ham add some silverware to their trophy cabin and has set his eyes on the FA Cup, despite having to face Manchester United in the last of eight of the FA Cup next month.
Now I’d really like to lift a trophy, start winning things, play in the big international competitions.
We’re still in the FA Cup. It’s a big aim to go all the way. Otherwise, there’s nothing missing. I’m living a fairytale.
He is also having a great time in London and has praised the fans who constantly chant his name.
I’m living an extraordinary year on the pitch and with the family. I have become a father of a third small boy since I arrived in London. I have everything. Everything is going well.
I never get tired of it, of the fans singing my name. Home and away, I get helped by all the love the fans give to me. It is something extraordinary.
They sing I’m better than Zinedine Zidane but that’s their point of view. But you don’t take on the boss.
Slaven Bilic’s men find themselves in seventh place before today’s early kick-off against Sunderland where they will face former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce and West Ham old boy Jermain Defoe who’s leading the Black Cats’ attack.