Everything suggests that Manuel Lanzini will leave West Ham United in the summer, and return to his boyhood club River Plate.

That’s according to a report from Fichajes who claim that the Hammers attacking midfielder’s time at the London Stadium could be coming to an end.

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David Moyes has barely used Lanzini, 29, this season. The Argentinian ace has been given just 815 minutes of action, with only 122 of those coming in the Premier League (Transfermarkt).

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Lanzini’s father recently admitted that he would love for his son to return to River Plate at some point in the near future.

And it now seems like that could very well happen…

Manuel Lanzini could leave West Ham in the summer

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 £9.4 million on a permanent deal in the summer of 2016 (The Express), having spent the 2015/16 campaign on loan at Upton Park.

He was a huge hit in East London…up until disaster struck for him in 2018. During the build-up to the World Cup out in Russia, Lanzini ruptured his ACL in training with Argentina.

Despite a mini renaissance during the second-half of the 2020/21 season, Manu has never been the same player since that injury, and it’s no surprise. Many players have failed to come back from it in the past.

Lanzini still proved last Monday night against Derby that he can be an important player for us, during an impressive six-minute cameo at the end of the match.

Manuel Lanzini could leave West Ham in the summer
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His contract is up at the end of the season though, and West Ham have the option to extend his deal by a further two years.

It’s coming up to crunch time for both West Ham and Manuel Lanzini.

A return to River, the 37 time Argentinian football league champions, will obviously appeal to Manu.

So it would not surprise me one little bit if the 29-year-old heads back to South America in the summer transfer window.


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