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Pellegrini halts outgoing loans

Filed: Wednesday, 13th June 2018
By: Staff Writer

New Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini has placed a temporary veto on outgoing loans - until he has had the chance to run the rule over his new charges personally.

Pellegrini, who is due to arrive in England later this week has ordered Academy Director Terry Westley to put a stop to any potential deals for the club's Academy players - whilst confirming that he intends to take a number of the club's youngsters to Switzerland with the first team next month.

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"The boys are at a level where they need to be around the first-team and in my first meeting with the new manager, he suggested a number of players will go away with the first-team squad to their training camp at the start of pre-season," Westley told whufc.com.

"Nobody will be allowed to go on loan until Manuel has seen them for himself, which is credit to players and Academy staff as he told me he has heard good things. He wants to see what he has got before anybody goes on loan.

"The onus is therefore on us and on the players to make sure they come back absolutely ready. We have been conscious to put them on special individual training programmes and we want to see all the players return in good health."

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Westley also confirmed that a series of pre-season friendlies have already been created for the Under 23s, who will be entering the games as a 'West Ham XI' - including trips to troubled Dagenham & Redbridge on Friday, 13 July and Billericay Town (Tuesday 31 July).

"We want to make sure games are of a certain quality to stimulate the players," he said. "Dagenham is a good game to start and Manuel has confirmed that will attend with his staff and take the chance to see the young players in action.

"We will also play at Billericay, where there will be a decent crowd. These games will show them they have to be playing above that level. We think we have got good players and itís time for them to show they should be in the first team."

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West Ham XI: pre-season schedule
All home fixtures to be played at Little Heath

13 July: Dagenham & Redbridge (a)
24 July: Salford City (h)
28 July: Barnet (a)
31 July: Billericay Town (a)
3 August: Watford (a)

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