To improve is our only target, says Pellegrini

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 16th July 2019

Manuel Pellegrini says that West Ham are not necessarily targeting a European finish this coming season.

The Hammers boss, speaking to the media ahead of Wednesday afternoon's Asia Trophy clash with reigning Premier League champions Manchester City insisted that the club's only aim for the 2019/20 campaign is to improve on their 10th-place finish last term.

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"Really, we don't have a target before the season," Pellegrini told the assemble media at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday morning.

"We finished last season very well in the final three games, but we had an inconsistent season across all the games. What we did do is produce good performances against a lot of the big teams.

"This [second] year, we are working with the squad and we will try to improve on last season. We must go game-by-game to demonstrate we are improving, but we will not know where we finish in the table until the end of the season."

Pellegrini's only notable signing during the summer transfer window has been Spanish international midfielder Pablo Fornals, who arrived in a ?24million switch from La Liga side Villareal.

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The Hammers are currently trading in profit so far with regards to their summer business having sold Marko Arnautovic, Edimilson Fernandes and Lucas Perez for a combined total of ?31.6million.

However that stands to change within the next 24 hours or so if West Ham can agree terms with Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller, who will cost the club in the region of ?40million.

On potential deals, Pellegrini failed to mention Sebastien Haller, who is currently locked in talks with Hammers representatives - but appeared to suggest that the French striker may not necessarily be the final signing the club are hoping to make this summer.

"It's normal in this part of the season that some players will leave and some will arrive," he added.

"It's true we have three strikers who have left the squad in Lucas Perez, Marko Arnautovic and Andy Carroll, but we are trying to bring in good players and to improve our squad and we will look to improve on last season."

West Ham kick off their bid to win the Asia Trophy - at the second time of asking - against favourites City in Nanjing on Wednesday, with the winners set to face either Newcastle United or Wolverhampton Wanderers in Saturday's final.

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