West Ham ace Manuel Lanzini admitted that he would love to rejoin River Plate one day, when speaking to ESPN Argentina and quoted via Marca.

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The South American began his career with River Plate before being sold to Al-Jazira in 2014.

The 28-year-old joined the Hammers on a permanent deal from Al-Jazira in the summer of 2016 for around £9 million (Daily Mail) having impressed during a loan spell in East London the season before.

He instantly endeared himself to the Upton Park and then the London Stadium faithfuls.

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West Ham ace Manuel Lanzini (Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Lanzini was well on his way to becoming a real start at West Ham. Then disaster struck.

The Argentinian ace suffered a serious ACL injury in the summer of 2018. And he quite simply hasn’t been the same player since.

Lanzini has shown signs recently of returning to somewhere near his best.


Having said that, it would still be no surprise to see him leave West Ham at some point over the next few years.

Manuel Lanzini would love to rejoin River Plate

A return to Argentina could be on the cards for the 28-year-old at some point in the future.

Lanzini told ESPN Argentina that he would love a return to his boyhood club:

West Ham United star Manuel Lanzini (Photo by PETER POWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

“I would go back to River obviously; I would love to. I believe that at the time it will happen, when the two parties agree, it will give. Let the boys who are now enjoying themselves, who are going through a difficult moment, with Gallardo, who is a barbarian coach. The truth is that River today is giving us satisfaction all the time.”

The key will be for David Moyes to get in a replacement for Lanzini, if he does decide to allow Manu to return to River Plate.

We have a small enough squad as it is and Moyes can’t afford to lose any of his senior players.

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Lanzini going back to Argentina at some point in the future seems nailed on though to be honest. Quite when that time comes, however, remains to be seen.

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