Manuel Lanzini insists he is happy at West Ham, despite recent speculation linking him a move away from the club this summer.
In an article written earlier this week, both Arsenal and Liverpool were reportedly monitoring his progress and interested in making an approach. The fact that he has a £30m price-tag doesn’t seem to have made much difference, with the Reds eyeing him up as a possible replacement for Philippe Coutinho.
Arsenal on the other hand, have a range of different attack-minded midfielders but have shown interest in the 24-year-old, who has settled into English top flight football well since an initial loan move from Al Jazira last season.
Lanzini has stressed the fact that he’s not going to follow the footsteps of Dimitri Payet, who left for Marseille in January, to leave this summer.
As quoted by a piece in the Metro he said, “The season was good for me on a personal level. At the beginning it was not great [as I suffered an injury on international duty in pre-season], but then I could achieve a good level.
“Dimi is a great player. He left and it was not good news for the squad but luckily at the end I had a very good season.”
Only Michail Antonio, out since early April with a hamstring injury, has notched up more goals and assists this season than Lanzini’s 10 combined.
“[With the win over Tottenham], we achieved the points to stay in Premier League, which was the most important thing,” he continued.
“We did not have a good start of the season, but now we need to think in the next game and the next season.”
The fact that Lanzini already has his head focused on West Ham ahead of next season will come as an undeniable boost for the club’s hopes to progress.
They have an important summer of improvement ahead if they are to challenge the better sides in the right half of the table next season.