Noble has "weight lifted from shoulders" as West Ham target Champions League

Mark Noble says deciding next season will be his last for West Ham is a weight off his shoulders.

But the Hammers skipper wants to make sure he sees out his time at London Stadium playing European football.

West Ham remain fifth after Sunday’s defeat at Manchester United and Noble insists they will not stop fighting for a top-four finish.

He said: “The last week’s been pretty emotional. Talking to my family and the Club and everyone has helped me out.

“To be honest, it’s a weight off my shoulders now. I’ve made my decision and I’m really looking forward to next year.

“The boys have been playing really well. We’re challenging for a top-four place, which is fantastic. We need to keep pushing.

“I’ve been here 18 years now, and to be involved in a European push is fantastic. Hopefully we’ll get those points and for my last season I can play in Europe.”

West Ham host Arsenal this Sunday and also face top-four rivals Leicester and Chelsea before the end of April.

Noble said: “For us we know the last three or four games have been tough, and then the next four or five are tough as well.

“We need to just nick a couple of wins and keep pushing for that European spot. We’re still fighting.

“The results this week went for us. We play Arsenal at home next which should be another tough game, but our home form’s good and we look forward to it."

West Ham’s 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford was their second in three games but Noble feels there was little to choose between the sides.

He said: “We knew it was going to be a tough game. After we played our last away game against Manchester City, we played really well in that game.

“When we came to Old Trafford and had to defend really well. You have to when you go to Manchester United.

“We got better in the second half and tried to pass the ball a bit more. We broke away in the first half and kept giving the ball away.

“We were rushing and we didn’t settle really on the ball, and in the second half we got a lot better and created a few opportunities.

“We’re a little bit disappointed, but you come away to Manchester United and know it’s going to be a really hard game – and we stayed in it right until the end.”

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