Lanzini targeting eye-catching end to the season
If you think West Ham United have nothing left to play for this season, think again.
Not only do the Hammers still harbour realistic hopes of a top-eight Premier League finish, but the players will be keen to perform to ensure they remain at the forefront of Manuel Pellegrini’s thoughts for next season.
Some will also be eager to catch the eye of their respective national-team managers in the hope of being selected for summer tournaments.
One who certainly fits into that latter category is Manuel Lanzini, who is seeking to make up for time lost to injury, with the hope of convincing Argentina manager and former Hammer Lionel Scaloni he is worthy of a place at the 2019 Copa America.
Having missed both the 2016 Olympic Games – which, like this year’s Copa, were held in neighbouring Brazil – and the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals with knee injuries, the West Ham No10 is desperate to prove his form and fitness ahead of the South American continental competition.
“It’s my dream and my biggest ambition,” said Lanzini, who was called-up by Scaloni just days after returning to the pitch in March.
“I’m working hard to be fit for West Ham and for the fans and also for Argentina. For every player, it is a dream to be part of the national team and I am no different.
“I have four caps, but I want to win many more and I want to play in a major tournament.”
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