Vladimir Coufal has hinted that David Moyes could make a big mistake by allowing £10m man to leave West Ham United.
It has been a poor season domestically for the Hammers, but we have been sensational in Europe. The modus operandi for Moyes this summer will be to strengthen his squad, but get some of the big wages off the books as well.
Manuel Lanzini is one of the highest earners at the London Stadium. The 30-year-old Argentinian ace has been heavily linked with a return to his boyhood club River Plate this summer.
He will be out of contract with West Ham at the end of this season. The club do have the option to extend that deal by a further two years, but the midfield play-maker will be off by all accounts. He has hardly played this season after all.
And Coufal hinted that Moyes could be set to make a very big mistake…
Vladimir Coufal raves about West Ham teammate
The Czech Republic international spoke to reporters, and shared just how highly he rates Lanzini, as quoted by The Athletic:
“Manu is one of the best football players I’ve played with. His composure on the ball and vision on the pitch is amazing. I’m so grateful that I’ve been his teammate. He’s a fantastic player and he deserved his goal. The celebration showed how much we like him as a player and a person.”
Lanzini was an exceptional player for us during his first three years at the club. However, an ACL injury in the summer of 2018 really halted his career.
In truth, the South American has never really been the same player since that injury. That’s no disgrace, plenty of players struggle to return to their best after suffering ACL injuries.
I strongly feel that the timing is right for Manu to move on. However, Vladimir Coufal has made it very clear just how highly he rates his West Ham teammate. So what do you think…will Moyes be making a mistake if he allows Lanzini to leave?
Only time will tell I guess.