The father of Manuel Lanzini, known commonly as Machi, has just spoken out on his son’s future at West Ham United.
Lanzini began his career with River Plate before moving on to Al Jazira in the United Arab Emirates. The Argentinian then signed for West Ham for around £9 million on a permanent deal in the summer of 2016 (The Mirror), having spent the 2015/16 campaign on loan at Upton Park.
Manu, 29, has had to make do with a bit-part role for the Hammers so far this season, with only one Premier League start to his name.
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David Moyes has missed a big trick with Lanzini this season in my personal opinion, with his refusal to hardly start him at all.
The Argentinian ace proved that he still has a lot to offer with his six-minute cameo against Derby County in the FA Cup on Monday night.
Lanzini is under contract until the summer. However, the Hammers have the option to extend that deal by a further two years.
The South American ace currently earns a whopping £90k-a-week at the London Stadium (The Daily Star). So there have been whispers that West Ham could look to get those wages off the books.
And now his father has spoken out hinting at a potential exit from the club…
Manuel Lanzini faces uncertain future at West Ham
It seems as though the Hammers star could be on his way out of the club in the summer transfer window.
When speaking to TyC Sports, Lanzini’s father suggested that his son rejected numerous offers in order to remain with the Hammers until at least June.
“We are all River fans and partners. The whole family. Sitting there and seeing Manu would be a pride, to share it again even with my oldest grandson. Then here there is a problem that is social, of living in a difficult country with economic problems and insecurity, but that he puts on River’s shirt again is a dream of the whole family.”
Machi went on to suggest that his son has had offers from clubs around Europe:
“In the same vein, he detailed his situation in the English club. He is in West Ham, he ends his contract in June and the club has the power to renew him for two more years. The club is excellent. I just came from Europe, he has some chances of going somewhere else, but the league is very competitive, most are public limited companies, there are no economic problems and that helps individual growth. I don’t do future, but I don’t know what the leaders of the institution will think.”
I personally think that Moyes needs to start using Lanzini more regularly for West Ham between now and the end of the season.
Perhaps the Argentinian ace could be used alongside Declan Rice in a double pivot sat in behind Lucas Paqueta.
That midfield three would undoubtedly help the Hammers with their ball retention. If Moyes doesn’t use Lanzini though, it’s clear to see that he will probably be moved on from West Ham in the summer transfer window.
And if he is to leave the Hammers, it’s clear to see that his family would like him to return to his boyhood club River Plate.
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