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Veh targeting European football

Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh has set his squad the target of qualifying for a place in Europe this season following their 3-2 defeat of Greuther Furth on Sunday.

The three points meant Frankfurt moved up into fifth in the Bundesliga table, trailing fourth-placed Schalke on goal difference and leading Mainz by three points.

A finish inside the top six would ensure European football next season and Veh, who signed a new contract extension with the club last week, is determined to see his side rise to the challenge.

"We have reached our goal for the season today by moving onto 42 points and now we want to see if we can finish in the top six to qualify for Europe,'' he said. "If we want to have the chance to be in Europe, then this was a vital win.''

Club president Heribert Bruchhagen has already assured Veh that funds will be available to him to bolster his squad in the summer. The promise of more money for new players was one of the reasons Veh decided to commit himself to Frankfurt and ignore the talk of a move to Schalke.

"We have a decent team, but we need to strengthen it,'' he told Sky. "Heribert Bruchhagen and the board have given us assurances that we can buy one or two new players.

"I don't want to demand things which are not possible, but I think it's necessary that Frankfurt strengthen the squad and everybody sees it the same way.''

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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