New West Ham signing Manuel Lanzini has told the club's official website that joining the club has made him 'very emotional'.
The Argentine playmaker, 22, has penned a season-long loan deal at Upton Park, leaving Al-Jazira in the United Arab Emirates after just one year at the club.
Lanzini - nicknamed 'The Jewel' came through the ranks at River Plate, just as ex-Hammers midfielder Javier Mascherano did, but will be hoping to make a better impact during his time in East London.
Speaking on the West Ham official website after completing his move earlier today, Lanzini admitted that signing for Slaven BIlic's men is a 'important step' in his career, adding that fans can expect him to give 100% in every game, and that he is an attack-minded midfielder.
"This is very emotional because it is one of the best teams I have ever signed for," said Lanzini. "It is a very important step for my career and for my future. I am looking forward to what is a new era for me. I’m very happy and I look forward to meeting my new teammates."
"This is a new challenge for me and that can only help in the future. It will test my ability in one of the best leagues in the world, so I am looking forward to getting started. I am someone who always gives 100 per cent. I’m an attacking player, I can change the game’s tempo and I hope to give my maximum for the fans to appreciate me," he added.
Will Lanzini be a Tevez or Mascherano?
Lanzini isn't the first Argentine to play for the Hammers, following in the footsteps of former players Carlos Tevez and the aforementioned Mascherano.
Yet whilst Tevez became an Upton Park hero towards the end of his one year at the club, Mascherano failed to make any impact in claret and blue - before becoming a key player for Liverpool and Barcelona.
Lanzini will be hoping his time at West Ham will mirror that of Tevez, but if he struggles to settle in the capital, it could end up being more like Mascherano's Hammers career, or even like Mauro Zarate, the current Argentine forward who has failed to make an impression at Upton Park.