Speaking to the Standard, Manuel Lanzini has responded when asked whether he wants to stay at West Ham past the end of his loan deal.
Lanzini said: “I would obviously like to reach an agreement to be able to stay here. I feel at home here, London is one of the great cities of the world. At West Ham the coaching team, the players and the fans treat me really well. When you feel at home, why would you want to leave?”
The youngster has been on loan at the Hammers for the season, arriving last summer from Al-Jazira Club of the UAE Gulf League.
There were doubts about Lanzini when he was signed, with the playmaker seen as too lightweight for the rigours of the Premier League.
However, he has exceeded all expectations, establishing himself as a key player in Slaven Bilic’s team.
The 23-year-old has played 17 Premier League games, scoring four goals and registering one assist, and he is clearly the second best attacking player in the squad behind Dimitri Payet.
In Payet, Lanzini and Michail Antonio, Bilic can call upon a fantastic front three, and they are all key reasons that West Ham currently sit just one point off the top four.
Lanzini’s loan deal expires at the end of this season, but he has admitted that he wants to remain with the Hammers, and the report indicates that a £7.4 million permanent transfer is close to being agreed.