West Ham loan star Manuel Lanzini admits desire to watch River Plate, explains why

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Manuel Lanzini wants to watch River Plate in the Club World Cup.

West Ham United playmaker Manuel Lanzini has told TyC Sports in his native Argentina that he would love to watch former club River Plate at the Club World Cup.

River won the Copa Libertadores, meaning they will play in the Club World Cup in Japan at the end of the year, where they could face Barcelona.

Lanzini, who followed in the footsteps of Erik Lamela, Javier Mascherano and Radamel Falcao in making his name with the Argentine giants, is currently in England with West Ham, making an impact at Upton Park.

The 22-year-old playmaker is currently on a season-long loan deal from Al Jazira, and after scoring against Liverpool last month, Lanzini has continued to impress under Slaven Bilic in East London.

It's too early to tell whether the Hammers will pursue a permanent deal for Lanzini, but he has been speaking about his former club River.

Speaking to TyC Sports in Argentina, Lanzini admitted that - if he is available to travel - he will head out to Japan in order to support his former club. 

"I'm happy with the present River," said Lanzini. "In a short time they have accomplished everything they dreamed of, something that makes me happy for the players who grew up with me in the youth, as I have friends at the club. If I have a day off I go to Japan," he added.

The lack of a winter break in England means that Lanzini may have a busy schedule whilst River are in the Club World Cup, meaning he wouldn't be able to watch his former club in action - but having played his part for the team in recent years, he will certainly be watching from home as River look to add more silverware to their cabinets.

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