West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini addressed the media today during his pre-match press conference, and shared how happy he has been with Manuel Lanzini so far this season, as quoted by Football.London.

The mercurial Argentine joined the Hammers on a season-long loan in the summer of 2015. He then made his move a permanent one the following summer.

And Lanzini, who earns £70,000 per week according to Spotrac, has been a real hit at the London Stadium.

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Manuel Lanzini (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

The 26-year-old has racked up 21 goals and 19 assists in 113 appearances in all competitions for West Ham.

He struggled with injuries last term, however, making just 10 appearances in all competitions.

The South American seems to be back to his best physically this season, however. And he will undoubtedly be a key player for the east London outfit for the remainder of the campaign.

 

And Pellegrini offered high words of praise for Lanzini when speaking to reporters today, as quoted by Football.London:

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Manuel Lanzini (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

“Very good for him, Manu has returned from his injury with a lot of trust. He always wants the ball, tries to do different things and with every game he plays, he will continue to improve but he still needs time to return to his best performance.”

Exciting times ahead

Hammers fans will be over the moon to hear Pellegrini’s comments on Lanzini. The prospect of him getting even better will be an incredibly exciting one for the London Stadium faithful

The player himself will be delighted with his start to the season. And if he continues to improve, West Ham will have every chance of breaking into the top seven.

Next up for the Hammers is Aston Villa away on Monday night. And their little magician will have a key role to play for his side, if they are to return to east London with all three points.

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