West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini, has made his immediate situation at West Ham clear during an interview on the official site.
After missing most of last season there had been a lot of speculation suggesting the midfielder wanted a move.
He was linked with with Fenerbache, a move to his first club River Plate and links with Liverpool have never gone completely away.
That had brought on a lot more speculation in West Ham circles, which were backed up by sources such as ExWHUemployee, that Lanzini wasn’t happy with the deal he was offered.
He is believed to want around £70 k a week but in an interview with the official site the midfielder has stated his intentions clearly declaring: “For me personally, I really need this hard work and the two weeks we have had so far have been amazing. We need to keep going like this as it’s good for us.
“The preseason is very important for every player and for me it is the most important because if you do these five or six weeks of work, then you have a basis for the whole year and you just need to keep your work going.
“Pre-season is the most important time, for me. I want to play all the games, I want to stay in the team (this season) and I am working for this and to not have more injuries, and that’s it.”
ClaretandHugh says: That’s all pretty straightforward from Manu’s point of view but the reality probably in that he has a bit of proving to do over the next three or four months. He is out of contract this time next year and Manuel Pellegrini is bound to be looking at him quite carefully given his has many midfield options and thus far we haven’t seen the player of a couple of ears ago. In total we have 13 midfielders on the books with a genuine chance of making the first team starting places and at some stage that is going to be trimmed either because some will start to feel disenchanted with lack of minutes or because the boss feels he may need to sell to strengthen. And should Lanzini continue to struggle to recapture his real form a decision could be made on his future before he is able to walk away on a free next summer.