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West Ham boss Moyes: Friendlies vital to restart

David Moyes says friendlies are important for West Ham United ahead of the Premier League restart.

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal are set to kick off the restart on June 17, with a full round of fixtures to follow on June 20.

Clubs can hold friendlies until then, but venues must be no more than 90 minutes away. Players must arrive and leave in their full kit.

Moyes said: "If you consider this a pre-season period, most teams would have had quite a few friendlies under their belts. All the clubs are not going to get game practice

"I think us getting the opportunity to do that gives us a chance to try and set up a couple of games behind closed doors, if we can do that.

"All of it is subject to protocols. We need to make sure everything is correct before we even arrange the games. Of course we are not going to ask teams to travel and we are not going to travel.

"We don't want anything to go wrong while we are leading up to the start of the Premier League."

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