In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Steve Bull, who made 561 appearances for Wolves, believes that if West Ham don’t qualify for the Champions League they will find it difficult to keep their star players.
David Moyes has turned the Hammer’s fortunes around this season as they were fighting relegation when he took over last year but now find themselves in pole position to qualify for the Champions League, currently sitting fourth in the standings.
The final few games have been made more difficult for West Ham though with Declan Rice sustaining a knee injury on international duty which will keep him out for around a month.
Speaking on how Champions League football is essential for West Ham and why some players may love the club more than winning medals, Bull told FFC:
“You can go on about keeping big players like Rice, but they won’t be able to do it without the Champions League.
“However, if they fall in love with the club rather than just winning medals they might want to stop at the club, but they might be ambitious and see being at West Ham as something which may stop them from getting into their national team.”
The Hammers have surprised many people this season with where they are in the league and this has largely been down to the partnership Rice and Tomas Soucek have formed.
However, Moyes has admitted that the club will have to listen to offers for both Rice and Soucek this summer, even if they do make the Champions League.