West Ham United star Manuel Lanzini has sensationally claimed the return of Premier League football is imminent.
West Ham’s battle for survival has been on hold since football was shut down back in March due to the global health crisis.
Premier League clubs have been in discussions over Project Restart with plans to resume the season behind closed doors.
West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has been outspoken on the issue.
First she wrote in her column in The Sun that the season should be declared null and void. And at the weekend she said West Ham are not fans of proposals to play the rest of the season at a selection of neutral stadiums.
Speculation rife over season resumption after government talks
There has been growing uncertainty about how, when or indeed if, the season will resume.
Boris Johnson will reveal his lockdown exit strategy on Sunday and the Premier League clubs will have their next conference on Monday.
That means things should become a lot clearer next week over any season resumption.
But in a telephone interview with Argentine radio station Closs Continental West Ham star Lanzini made a sensational claim.
West Ham star Lanzini makes sensational claim
The West Ham playmaker claimed he and his teammates have been told they will train as a group from May 18th.
And the Hammers midfielder said that was because the return to Premier League action is imminent.
“Tomorrow we have to do some work because they (West Ham hierarchy) believe that the league will return,” Lanzini told Closs Continental.
“Next week (week commencing May 11th) we would train as fives.
“And in two weeks (May 18th) the whole group.”
It came in the same interview Lanzini said it would be ‘crazy’ to return before there is a vaccine.
Those comments saw the West Ham man savaged by Liverpool fans on social media.
It comes after compatriot Sergio Aguero made similar comments last week (BBC Sport).
West Ham conflicted over return?
There have been conflicting messages coming out of West Ham over the resuming the season.
Brady’s null and void comments reportedly got her in hot water with her boss David Sullivan (The Daily Mail) and she later backtracked.
Now Brady has written in her latest column in The Sun that West Ham and the other 19 Premier League clubs are committed to resuming the season.
And she has even laid out West Ham’s phased plan to return to training and matches (The Sun).
Whatever happens Lanzini is well placed to air his concerns. It seems Hammers captain Mark Noble will be a key man from a player’s perspective.
That’s after The Daily Mail claimed the West Ham skipper is one of the leading figures in fielding concerns from his fellow Premier League stars over football’s return.