Manuel Lanzini offers verdict on Slaven Bilic amid speculation surrounding permanent deal

Manuel Lanzini has hailed West Ham manager Slaven Bilic.

West Ham loan star Manuel Lanzini has told the Daily Star that he is enjoying working under manager Slaven Bilic, with speculation rife over a permanent move to Upton Park.

Argentine playmaker Lanzini came up through the ranks with River Plate, before spending just one year in the United Arab Emirates with Al-Jazira.

It was West Ham who eventually gave the 22-year-old a shot in Europe, snapping Lanzini up on a season-long loan deal, with fans wondering whether he would become a hero like Carlos Tevez or a bit-part player Mauro Zarate - two of his compatriots.

So far, his West Ham career appears to be following the path of Tevez, having hit three goals and one assist in the Premier League so far, impressing the Upton Park faithful with a host of dazzling displays.

With Dimitri Payet now injured for around three months, Lanzini is expected to take on an even more important role in the West Ham team, which will be important for the Hammers to assess as speculation is rife over a permanent move for Lanzini.

The Mirror reported last month that West Ham wanted to sign Lanzini permanently, but Al-Jazira's £8m asking price was considered a little too pricey.

Now, with Hammers hopeful that a deal can be struck, Lanzini has given his view on manager Bilic, who has guided West Ham to wins over Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City this season - and his comments to the Daily Star will encourage fans in to thinking that he will stay long-term.

"He is a good coach, he reads the game well and everything he tells us we try to do because we know it will work out the way he says. We are on the right path," said Lanzini.

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