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Moyes relaxed about West Ham's contract place

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David Moyes plans to discuss extending his contract with West Ham in the coming weeks but said he is in no rush to resolve the issue as he is focused on continuing his side's strong start to the season.

Moyes has been approaching a responsible year since returning to the club last December and will move into the last six months of his contract at the turn of the year.

After the club set new terms for forwarding Mikhail Antonio on Friday, Moyes was asked if there were any talks about his own future. The 57-year-old said he was relaxed about the situation.

"I'm more than comfortable right now," he said. "I have spoken to the owners a few times and I am in regular contact with them.

"We'll look at the things that are going into the new year at some point, but there's no rush. I think because of our great start we want to make sure we're focused and keep going."

Monday, December 21, 7:30 p.m.

Start at 8:00 p.m.

West Ham will face Chelsea at Sky Sports on Monday just one point behind opponents who are considered title contenders after their extensive summer investment.

The launch has raised hopes that a manager who joined the battle against relegation 12 months ago could target Europe instead, but Moyes warned.

"I still want to make sure I don't over-promise West Ham supporters because I think they were over-promised," he said. "I want to be as straight as possible.

"I think we have a really good team under construction right now. We have hired some really good, exciting players and hopefully we can add something in the next transfer windows."



Mikhail Antonio has extended his West Ham contract until 2023



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David Moyes is pleased that the club acted early to secure the "instrumental" Michail Antonio

"I can't build it right away and do it so well, but I think I can build it and do it well in a certain period of time. It's not me as a manager who demands more time, that's me realistic.

"You cannot reverse the perception of West Ham in a transfer window or two. This is a massive oil tanker that we are turning over or I hope we are and we want it to turn around and point right direction with everyone Board. "

Even so, Moyes said the start gave West Ham a platform to build on in what was expected to be a close battle for places in the top half of the table.



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David Moyes believes the Premier League is more competitive than ever

"I think many clubs will be asking the same questions," he said. "Southampton, Aston Villa, Everton … To be the best of what we think the rest is would be a huge accomplishment for us at West Ham and we'll take it on.

"We are playing very well, we have played well in all the games and we will keep going as long as possible."

"If we can keep everyone fit, keep our main players fit, we can give ourselves a really good chance."

Chelsea versus West Ham at Sky Sports

Chelsea versus West Ham

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech are facing late fitness tests Chelsea Premier League face West Ham on Monday.

The wingers both had problems with their Achilles tendon but were fully back in training on Friday for the first time.

Boss Frank Lampard will be running the rule over both players at the last minute to see if they're ready to face the Hammers.

West Ham will see to Michail Antonio and Fabian Balbuena.

Antonio is struggling to recover from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the last three games and Balbuena missed Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace due to a slight knock.

Arthur Masuaku is out after knee surgery.

How do you follow?

Chelsea versus West Ham will be broadcast live in the Sky Sports Premier League and the Main Event on Saturday from 7.45pm. Kick-off at 8 p.m. Sky Sports customers can view in-game clips on the Live Match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Free highlights will also be published shortly after the final whistle on the Sky Sports digital platforms and on the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel.

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