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Benrahma sets stall out for improvement

Said Benrahma insists the Hammers can only improve this season as they bid to go one better than qualifying for the Europa League last season.

The Irons have qualified for the Europa League and will be playing in the group stages of the competition this season. 

The club did appear to be flirting with Champions League qualification at times before injuries bit at an unfortunate time, with Aaron Cresswell, Mikey Antonio, and Declan Rice all missing games at inopportune times.

Benrahma made 36 appearances in all competitions last season and scored three times, while also laying on seven assists.

And the Algeria international is targeting improvement this season as the Hammers look to actually achieve their European dreams and finish in the top four, rather than the top six.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “Honestly, I think we’ve got a great group, but then I think there might be some new players. So, we’re going to try and do even better than last year.

“Whatever happens, we all have the desire to play well this year, and move the Club even further up the table, which it deserves.”

The Hammers will play Benrahma’s old club, Brentford, this weekend in a pre-season friendly prior to their first season in the top-flight, and the winger is looking forward to the encounter.

He added: “Without a doubt, I think that Brentford is a club that gave me everything. They did give me everything, they helped me, they made me evolve and grow. Despite the fact I was only there for two years, they showed me a lot of love.

“It’s special to go back, it’s a friendly match but we’ll also play them in the league this year.  I’m happy for them that they got promoted, it’s a well-structured and well-run club. I’m very pleased that they came up to the Premier League.

“It’s always weird to play against your old club. It’s a team that gave me a lot, they’re like my family and I won’t forget that.”

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

One comment on “Benrahma sets stall out for improvement

  1. Thanks for copying and pasting an entire article from the official site Dave! That’s proper journalism for you!

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