Lanzini - I'm very grateful to the fans


Manuel Lanzini insists he will always be grateful to the West Ham United fans for making him feel at home in east London and is thrilled to have pledged his long-term future to the Club.

Lanzini became a fans favourite in just his first full year in the Premier League and played a major role in helping the Hammers enjoy a memorable final season at the Boleyn Ground.

The Argentine attacking midfielder scored seven goals and few could forget his memorable strikes against Everton and Chelsea.

Following his season-long loan from Al-Jazira last summer, Lanzini put pen to paper on a permanent four-year contract with a further two-year option.

The 23-year-old says he will never forget the support that the West Ham fans showed towards him and cannot wait to play his first game at London Stadium.

Lanzini said: “I'm very grateful to the West Ham fans. They've always treated me very well since I arrived and I really like them and their passion for the club. They've made me feel at home which is very important.

“I'm also very grateful to the board, the coaching staff and my teammates who've helped me settle in and make me feel at home.

“I'm happy to have signed a permanent deal here and will stay here for more years which is what I wanted, so I'm very pleased.

“There were fantastic moments last season and we had a great year in which we achieved a lot for West Ham. We tried to stay as high in the table as we could and on a personal level, I felt very happy last year. I hope that will also be the case this year.

“I am excited to be playing at the new Stadium. I played in a similar stadium in Argentina in front of 65,000 people and it's brilliant to be on the pitch because you feel the people around you and it's great to be in the stands.

“The new stadium takes West Ham to a higher level which is very important.”


Lanzini was forced to miss the opening six games of the season with a knee injury, but he returned to the substitutes bench for the last game against Manchester City and is now pushing for a first-team start against Watford on Saturday.

Having forged an impressive partnership alongside Dimitri Payet last season, Lanzini says he cannot wait to team up with the French star once again following his superb display at the European Championship Finals during the summer.

Lanzini added: “Dimi and I get on very well. He has a great personality. He's a great player and when I'm on the pitch, I always try to link up with him because I know he's the player who can make the difference and can play that pass which means the rest of us enjoy ourselves.

“It went quite well for us last year and we hope to continue in that vein so that we give the West Ham fans many more happy moments.”

Lanzini is relishing the chance to come up against his Argentine compatriot and former team-mate Roberto Pereyra on Saturday.

The duo played together at River Plate and Lanzini has no doubts that Pereyra will be a major success at Watford following his £10.4million move from Juventus during the summer.

“We played for the same club in Argentina and we were in the youth ranks together for a long time. He's a bit older than me, but we've stayed in touch and he's a great guy.

“He's a good player and has shown that at Juventus, a very big club. That gave him experience and added to his personality, so I think that if does well in terms of his game and shows his personality, he's going to be a success.”