West Ham United star Manuel Lanzini has dropped a big hint over his immediate future in a first interview since speculation he could leave.

Lanzini is undeniably one of West Ham’s most gifted players.

The Argentine missed most of last season after picking up a serious knee injury before the 2018 World Cup.

West Ham were reportedly ready to hand the playmaker a new five-year deal earlier this summer (The Mirror).

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Lanzini linked with West Ham departure

But speculation since suggested Lanzini wanted a move away.

First there were links to Turkey with Fenerbache (The Mirror) and then a return to his first club River Plate (TYC Sports in Argentina).

That prompted more speculation in West Ham circles – backed up by reliable Hammers insider ExWHUemployee – that Lanzini was far from happy with the terms of the new deal being offered to him.

The Twitter and radio personality said last month that the renewal option in Lanzini’s contract had a set wage – believed to be £70,000 per week –  and Lanzini was questioning that salary and taking steps to see if anything can be done to stop the automatic renewal.

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Argentine reportedly unhappy with set wage in new deal

It has been all quiet on the Lanzini front ever since.

West Ham have instead been focused on landing a top striker.

But now the mercurial midfielder appears to have handed Manuel Pellegrini a huge boost by committing his immediate future to the club in an interview with the official website.

“For me personally, I really need this hard work and the two weeks we have had so far have been amazing. We need to keep going like this as it’s good for us,” Lanzini told whufc.com.

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‘I want to play all the games for West Ham’

“The preseason is very important for every player and for me it is the most important because if you do these five or six weeks of work, then you have a basis for the whole year and you just need to keep your work going.

“Preseason is the most important time, for me. I want to play all the games, I want to stay in the team (this season) and I am working for this and to not have more injuries, and that’s it.”

So there you have it West Ham fans. It appears the jewell is sticking around, for this season at the very least.

The 26-year-old is exactly the kind of player Pellegrini wants to build his exciting new West Ham team around.

If he can stay fit West Ham could be a real force this season with the likes of Felipe Anderson, Pablo Fornals, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko – and now Sebastien Haller – in the mix.

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