Beşiktaş winger Gökhan Töre will miss the first two European Championship games this summer for the Turkish national team after picking up a two-match suspension from UEFA.
The European football governing body gave Töre a two match ban for his direct sending off offence against Iceland in the final Group A Euro 2016 qualification game.
Töre stamped on the opposition players leg and was shown a red card for the incident for violent conduct. The 23-year-old will miss the opening two games in the summer tournament based in France as a result.
The explosive winger has been in impressive form in the league and has five assists and a goal in eight league games this season – the highest assist record in the league.
“I have always said that Gökhan Töre could play at any European team he has both the quality and the potential,” Bilic said.
“After agreeing terms with West Ham I told the board that I want him and I strongly believe he would add a lot to the team and be a success in England.”
Bilic knows Töre well having coached him for two years during his time at Beşiktaş over the past two seasons.
The explosive winger had the best season of his career under the stewardship of Bilic and has hit the ground running again this season.