David Moyes reveals new West Ham target and clarifies future after Bayer Leverkusen defeat

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David Moyes has clarified his West Ham future -Credit:Getty Images

David Moyes has set a lofty goal for his team following their loss to Bayer Leverkusen. The West Ham boss has challenged his squad to win all five of their remaining Premier League fixtures to ensure they qualify for Europe next season.

Next up for the Hammers is Crystal Palace, who are riding high off the back of an impressive 1-0 triumph at Anfield. Despite the disappointing exit from the Europa League, there's no time for sorrow as Sunday's match looms large.

Maintaining a solid stance, Moyes said: "We need to win every game now to give ourselves a chance of getting back into Europe, we need to. You can only win your next game so let's see what happens. We will try and win our next game and see if we can hang in there."

Uncertainty also surrounds Moyes' tenure at the club, with his current contract due to expire this summer. While initial talks held in December suggested Moyes was set to sign a new two-year deal, recent rumours have cast a shadow over his future at West Ham.

Faced with questions about his own career plans, Moyes told the Mirror: "I have nothing to announce. I am happy. We are just getting on with the job. We are playing games. We have five left to play. We will get on with it. I said there was no real big rush to do anything and I still feel that way."

West Ham are set to welcome back Lucas Paqueta and Emerson from suspension for their upcoming match at Selhurst Park, with further high-profile clashes against Liverpool and challenging away games at Chelsea and Manchester City on the horizon before their European destiny is revealed.

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David Moyes is adamant about ending the season on a high note, reflecting on the team's performance. The Scotsman added: "We had a pretty good start to the year. We have kept it going and we have probably been sixth, seventh, eighth. I am hoping we can keep ourselves in that position. We have been there most of the year."

He also dismissed any regrets over the January departures of Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals to Lyon and Real Betis, despite a seemingly depleted bench in their recent fixture against Leverkusen. Commenting on his squad depth, Moyes said: "We were without Dinos [Mavropanos], Paqueta, Kalvin Phillips, players we would hope would give us that little bit of extra. We didn't have it numbers wise.

"But I would hate to think there was a discussion because we didn't have enough players. We played really well and got to a quarter-final. They were incredibly strong. They are German champions and two other teams in that league are in the Champions League semi-finals."

Moyes concluded with a positive outlook: "They are romping away with it so I have to take some pleasure in thinking we done a pretty job away from home for long parts of the game. We just couldn't see it through."