Slaven Bilic makes confident claim about Manuel Lanzini's West Ham future

Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic says 'the deal will be done' for Manuel Lanzini to stay at West Ham.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has told The Guardian that he is convinced Manuel Lanzini will pen a permanent deal at Upton Park.

The Hammers face Liverpool this afternoon, and this could be the full return for Argentine playmaker Lanzini following his recent thigh injury.

Lanzini, 22, has been ruled out since the start of December, but came on at half time against Southampton on Monday to help the Hammers win 2-1.

Today, Lanzini could well start, as he looks to continue his superb loan spell at West Ham, having already hit four goals and one assist in the Premier League already this term.

The former River Plate star is currently on loan from Al-Jazira, and their chief executive Ayed Mabkhout says he expects West Ham to pay £7.4m to sign him permanently in the coming months, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Shortly after that revelation was made, West Ham boss Bilic was asked about Lanzini's future - and he responded in a very confident manner.

Speaking to The Guardian ahead of this weekend's game against Liverpool, Bilic stated that, whilst he doesn't know exactly when the move will be completed, he says 'the deal will be done'.

"I don’t know whether the agreement is for April or May but the deal will be done," said Bilic, in a statement which will thrill West Ham fans, who have no doubt been impressed with Lanzini so far.

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