Guy Demel is enjoying life as a West Ham player and believes he can achieve a lot at the club.

The Ivorian defender signed a new contract in January, which will keep him at the club until at least 2015, and admits he is working hard to improve as a player and is fully focused on helping the Hammers finish in the top ten this season.

He told “Last season I was injured for a couple of months. Of course, this is my first complete season, thought we still have a couple of games before the end.

“I am quite happy, it is not finished, I think I still have many things to achieve with West Ham.

“First of all we are going to try and finish in a better position and I will during the holiday to be a better player next season.”

Demel also believes the side’s defensive improvement in recent games is all down to the hard work of the players and he puts a huge emphasis on team work ahead of the visit of Manchester United on Wednesday night.

“We work really hard during the week looking at the system of the other team,” he said.

“As long as we are defending as a team well, it is easier for the defence to keep tight and defend well themselves. If the offensive players are given too much space, you can be the best defender in the world, but you are going to be in trouble.

“We are in a really important phase now and we know the concentration has to be at the top. We are in a good position, but we can’t afford to lose points even against Manchester United, so we are going to try and get a good result.”