Lletget ready to rumble

Sebastian Lletget has an Olympic dream but is first aiming to make his name at West Ham United.

The 19-year-old has roared back to fitness in recent weeks, playing in both the development's squads 2-0 victories at Thurrock and MK Dons last week. Lletget grabbed a goal in the first win and showed no signs of the muscle issues that had affected his start to the season.

Speaking to West Ham TV, the United States U20 international said: "It is good to be back. All the credit to the physios for being patient with me and taking care of me off the pitch. I am just glad to start playing again. All the lads are healthy at the moment and hopefully we can keep going."

Lletget has particularly caught the eye through his midfield partnership with George Moncur. "He is a quality player, he has a bright future and that is without a doubt. Everyone thinks so."


The American youngster is also earning positive notices and is hoping to build on his U20 experience for his country with selection for London 2012. "The Olympics are next year and I am really hoping I can get into that squad. It is everyone's dream and that is the next step."

Jurgen Klinsmann is now in charge of the senior US team and Lletget revealed his assistant has also been in touch with the young Hammer. "I have talked to him, hopefully everything works for me here and I can get a first-team appearance. I have to keep working hard."

Lletget knows he has to prove himself at West Ham and he is prepared to go out on loan like several of his development squad team-mates. "I do need some first-team experience. Training is not enough, you need quality games and that is the next step."

Having been long linked to the club and happy with east London life, Lletget cannot hide his desire to make it all the way and run out every other week at the Boleyn Ground. "You have no idea, it is everyone's dream but I wouldn't have done all this to not get a second out there. I really want it and hopefully it turns out that way."

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