Enner Valencia aiming for Europe

Enner Valencia

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New West Ham United striker Enner Valencia has admitted that he turned down a number of offers as he believes the Hammers can qualify for Europe in time.

Valencia signed a five-year contract with the club after impressing for Ecuador at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

The 24-year-old left Pachuca for £12million to join Sam Allardyce’s squad and he has revealed that West Ham have ambitions of reaching the UEFA Champions League in the future.

He is expected to miss the first few weeks of the season due to a lack of fitness after the club gave him an extended break after the World Cup.

However, Valencia has revealed that he is close to featuring for his new club as he tries to help them progress into European challengers.

He said: “I’m training normally now and trying to adapt to what the manager wants and the philosophy of the club. I’m expecting to be ready in between one or two weeks.

“Before signing we spoke a lot about that, the ambitions of the club to try to play European football. I’m going to work very hard for it and they’re going to try to make top four.

“After the World Cup several offers came around but when I found out that West Ham were interested I said definitely yes because it is one of my dreams to play in the Premier League.

“I spoke to Antonio Valencia and he gave me some good advice to take this opportunity.”

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