Zola: West Ham four wins from Europe
But Zola dismissed suggestions that the Europa League may be an unwanted distraction for the Hammers next season, and is instead keen to achieve European qualification in just his first season of management.
"For me, it is very much worth qualifying,” he said. “We haven't been in Europe for a while [since the 2006/07 season]. I played in Europe for many years as a player and I know very much how good it is to play in that kind of competition not only for the silverware you can get but also for the opportunity it gives players to improve.
"If you play abroad you always improve so I wish that we can achieve that."
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