West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has this afternoon moved to shoot down rumours of a possible move to Anfield for star man Manuel Lanzini.
Following a couple of highly impressive seasons with the capital outfit, Liverpool were rumoured over recent weeks to be eyeing a move for Lanzini, in the case that star man Philippe Coutinho departs the club for Barcelona.
Jurgen Klopp is said to be a huge admirer of the talents of the 24-year-old Argentinian international, with the diminutive attacking midfielder viewed as a possible low-cost yet Premier League proven arrival on Merseyside.
However, when questioned on the subject of a possible exit for his crown jewel today, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic was quick to reiterate his club’s stance that Lanzini is absolutely not for sale.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of West Ham’s Premier League matchup with Southampton this weekend, the Croatian tactician revealed:
‘No, I am not worried [about Lanzini leaving]. I got it from the papers, the news. That’s it.’
‘But, I said it last week when we spoke about it before Man Utd game. I speak to Manu every day and he is very happy. He really feels at home here, he feels wanted’
‘You can see it, you don’t have to talk to the player but you see he is smiling, he is happy. He broke into the Argentina team, he got a call-up for the September games so he knows that if he plays for West Ham I have a chance to improve, sign a better contract with West Ham and play for Argentina. He is very happy.’
‘I don’t want to set a price tag on him, I am sure he is going to stay with us.’
‘He knows that he is wanted. As I said, the chairman and the board, when he was on loan we took the option even before we had to, we activated it. He was voted players player of the year which is a good thing and he feels wanted at the place. He likes it here.’