West Ham United manager David Moyes has claimed that the club have not opened talks with Manuel Lanzini over a new contract, reports the Hammers’ official website.
Since Dimitri Payet’s departure last year, Lanzini has emerged as the club’s most creative player.
The Argentine has become an important member of the squad, and even more so recently given that he has struck up a good understanding with Marko Arnautovic.
The London Evening Standard recently reported that the club plan to offer Lanzini an improved contract once Premier League safety has been confirmed.
Moyes gave his reaction to the rumours during a press conference, telling the media that nothing has yet been put in place regarding fresh terms for the playmaker.
“You always want to keep your best players but there’s no truth in that yet. We won’t look at that until we know what league we are in.”
It is impossible to know what is going through the Argentine’s mind, but he has not made any public indication that he wants to leave the East London outfit.
There is no rush from a contract standpoint as Lanzini still has two years left on his current deal, plus the option of a further 12 months.
The midfielder’s performances in the second half of last season and in the 2017-18 campaign could have attracted attention from other clubs.
With that in mind, ur would make sense for West Ham to try to tie their player down, but if discussions have not begun, then maybe there is cause for concern.
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