Lanzini: I want to stay at West Ham

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 22nd August 2019

Manuel Lanzini insists he is committed to West Ham, despite the two parties having failed to reach agreement regarding a new contract.

The 26-year-old playmaker's current deal expires at the end of the 2019/20 campaign, although the club retain an option to extend it by a further two years.

Yet despite the current impasse, Lanzini maintains that he wishes to remain at the club, whom he first joined on loan in the summer of 2015.

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"We are talking with the club about staying and, of course, I want to stay," the Argentine international told Sky Sports. "It is like my home. It is my fifth season now, I love the fans, the fans love me and the club is amazing."

Having spent most of last season in the treatment room recovering from a cruciate in jury picked up prior to last year's World Cup Finals, Lanzini also feels he owes the club a debt of gratitude for sticking with him during his rehabilitation.

"When I was injured, it was really hard," he recalled. "It was a bad time. It was before the World Cup, it was going to be my first World Cup and I wanted to play.

"It was difficult. It's difficult because you can't help the team. You see the team may have lost, drawn or play badly and you just want to help.

"I spoke everyday with Manuel [Pellegrini]; he understands me and I understand him. I had a really good recovery and since I started to play again, I believe I have done really well."

Lanzini has been one of the positives for West Ham so far despite the Irons still searching for their first win of the new Premier League season.

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He was the popular choice of many supporters for the Man of the Match award following last weekend's 1-1 draw at Brighton and played a major part in Javier Hernandez's goal.

And manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed that he expects Lanzini to sign a contract extension when quizzed about the situation during this morning's pre-match press conference.

"Manuel is a young player who has been committed to this club," he told the assembled media pack. "He is happy here and I hope he stays here for a long time."

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