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Opinion: Manuel Lanzini may have played his last game for West Ham

Manuel Lanzini may well have played his last game for West Ham United.

The 29-year-old Argentinian ace actually returned to somewhere near his best for the Hammers this season, having spent a few years in the doldrums after suffering a serious knee injury in 2018.

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The season kind of fizzled out with a bit of a whimper for both Lanzini and West Ham though.

David Moyes sacrificed him in order to bring Ben Johnson on, after Aaron Cresswell was sent-off against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-final second-leg.

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Lanzini is a hugely popular figure at the London Stadium. He really does seem to love the club and the fans love him as well.

The Argentinian joined the Hammers on loan from Al Jazira in the summer of 2015. He then made his move to West Ham a permanent one the following year for around £8 million (ESPN).

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There have been some indications that this season just gone could have been his last one in the Claret and Blue though…

Manuel Lanzini may have played his last game for West Ham

Firstly, I want to make myself very clear. In no way do I want Lanzini sold. I think he’s a very good player and makes a huge difference to this Hammers team.

We believe that he might just be on his way this summer.

Firstly, Moyes is continually being linked with moves to sign attack-minded midfielders like Jesse Lingard (Daily Mail), Brennan Johnson (The Daily Mail) and Ludovic Blas (Football Transfers).

There have been plenty more as well. And if Moyes does bring in anyone who plays in the number 10 role, Lanzini would immediately fall down the pecking order at the London Stadium.

Secondly, the South American has repeatedly shared his desire to return him to his boyhood club River Plate, most recently in January of this year, when speaking to TyC Sports:

“River are an institution that has nothing to envy the big clubs in Europe. They treated my entire group very well, we did well too. Obviously it makes you want to return to a club of River’s magnitude and above with the plus that is Gallardo.”

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Thirdly, River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio then told TYC Sports in April how Lanzini actually wanted to leave West Ham to rejoin his boyhood club in the summer of 2021.

And fourth and finally, Moyes needs to bolster his transfer budget this summer and Manu is one of the players we have who would not only fetch a reasonable fee but would also be somewhat dispensable.

Lanzini has been with West Ham since 2015/16 season. He’s one of the few players we have remaining who actually played at Upton Park. So moving him on would obviously be a hugely emotional decision to make for everyone involved with the club and the player.

I just truly the believe that the stars are aligning for the 29-year-old to return home this summer. Manuel Lanzini may well have played his last game for West Ham away at Brighton on May 22nd.

And the only way that will be acceptable is if Moyes brings in a top-class attacking midfielder who is very comfortable in possession.

Hopefully we’re wrong though and Lanzini stays in East London. It just feels as though his time in the East End is coming to an end.

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