West Ham United may have designs on Europe but they already have the setup needed.
That’s according to Champions League winner and former Hammers defender Patrice Evra.
The ex Manchester United left-back told fellow Frenchman Samir Nasri that West Ham had better quality training sessions than last season’s Europa League finalists Marseille.
A conversation about life at West Ham between Evra and Nasri has been revealed by the latter in an interview with the club’s official website.
Nasri admits he has been surprised by the quality in Manuel Pellegrini’s squad. The former Manchester City star won the title with Pellegrini at the Etihad.
And he said he thinks the Hammers can qualify for the Europa League this season.
And he added that Evra told him West Ham’s quality was superior to what he experienced at Marseille.
“I am not surprised we are playing like this,” Nasri told whufc.com.
“Even before Manu (Lanzini) came back, when I first trained with the team, I said to Patrice Evra that I was surprised by the level of the training.
‘What Evra told me about West Ham’
“I knew some of the players from before, but I didn’t expect the quality and intensity to be that high. Patrice agreed and said the training at West Ham was more difficult than at Marseille, who reached the final of the Europa League when he was there.
“That’s the conclusion that he made and that’s what I realised too. The level was and is really impressive.”
Nasri is honest enough to admit he underestimated West Ham as a club.
Having played for top teams like City and Arsenal, perhaps he felt West Ham were a big step down.
Honest Nasri faces fight for future
But with the likes of Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Robert Snodgrass, Michail Antonio and, when fit, Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere in the squad he faces a fight for a place in the squad let alone in the team.
It remains to be seen whether Pellegrini retains Nasri’s services into next season.
He looked good in his first three games but niggling injuries have hampered him since.
If he can get some game time between now and the end of the season and impress when he does then there is every chance.