West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh have quashed rumours linking Manuel Lanzini with a move to Leeds in the January transfer window.
TEAMtalk claimed last week that Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa wants to bring the 28-year-old Hammers ace to Elland Road this month.
The thing is, Lanzini has been exceptional for West Ham over the past month or so and selling him to the Whites seems like an unfathomable decision.
The Argentinian ace joined the Hammers from Al Jazira on loan in the summer of 2015. He then moved to West Ham permanently the following year for around £8 million (ESPN).
Lanzini was brilliant for West Ham during his first couple of years in East London but he regressed badly after suffering an ACL injury in the summer of 2018.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that the 28-year-old took so long to return to somewhere near his best. The ACL injury he suffered in his knee was a seriously problematic one and many players have struggled to come back from those particular injuries in the past.
It’s been a while, but it seems as though we have our diamond back. So it came as somewhat of a surprise when Lanzini was linked with a move to Leeds in the January transfer window.
It seems as though those links may well have been well wide of the mark though…
West Ham ace Lanzini won’t be joining Leeds
That’s according to Claret and Hugh. And what’s more, he won’t be joining any club this month. Lanzini is staying right where he is.
As mentioned earlier, allowing Manu to leave the London Stadium this month would have been a crazy decision, considering his recent rebirth.
The fact that the 28-year-old is now a regular starter again under Moyes and is being relied upon to produce the goods consistently has clearly made a big difference to his psyche.
Lanzini has been in incredible form recently. The South American play-maker has bagged four goals in his last eight Premier League games for West Ham (Transfermarkt).
The former River Plate man has been a key player for the Hammers during our mini resurgence after the hectic festive period. The manner in which dictates the tempo of the game and retains possession has been crucial for us. In fact, he has the kind of qualities that we do not otherwise possess.
Lanzini still has a key role to play for West Ham between now and the end of the season. If we are to enjoy success both domestically and on the continent this term, we need a fully fit and firing Manu.
As good as he would be for Leeds, it’s clear that Lanzini is not going anywhere this month. Thank heavens for that.
Claret and Hugh’s update proves that David Moyes thinks very highly of the diminutive Argentine. And it’s so good to see the happy Lanzini with a smile on his face back once again.