West Ham star Manuel Lanzini shares intention to re-join River Plate; but for now, he must replace Payet

West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini celebrates scoring their second goal

West Ham ace Manuel Lanzini has admitted that he wants to re-join River Plate one day.

West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini celebrates scoring their second goalWest Ham United's Manuel Lanzini celebrates scoring their second goal against West Bromwich Albion

West Ham United playmaker Manuel Lanzini has told TyC Sports in his native Argentina that he intends to return to River Plate one day.

Lanzini, 24, joined the Hammers on loan from Al Jazira Club during the summer of 2015, and impressed during his first season in East London, notching six goals and two assists in the Premier League.

Unsurprisingly, West Ham made Lanzini's move permanent last summer, and whilst his numbers aren't quite so impressive this term, he's starting to show his quality again.

The attacking midfielder has grabbed two goals and two assists in his last five games, including West Ham's second goal in the 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon.

Lanzini is starting to recapture his best form again, and he will be relied upon to fill the void left by playmaker Dimitri Payet, who re-joined Marseille during the January transfer window.

In the end, Payet pushed for a move back to his former club, and it seems that Lanzini is also hoping to return to one of his former clubs at some stage in his career.

Lanzini has told TyC Sports in his native Argentina that, whilst he doesn't know when he will return to River Plate, he does intend to re-join the Buenos Aires giants at some stage, but doesn't regret leaving in the first place.

West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini celebrates scoring their third goalWest Ham United's Manuel Lanzini celebrates scoring their third goal against Crystal Palace

“I do not know when it will happen, but I hope to come back sometime,” said Lanzini. “Sometimes you have to think about your career, aspirations and personal goals. I do not regret any decision I made,” he added.

Lanzini surely wouldn't push for a move back to River in the same way that Payet tried to re-sign for Marseille, but a move back to Argentina could be on the cards, just as Carlos Tevez ended up back at Boca Juniors.

For now though, Lanzini has a major part to play for West Ham, and must continue to fill the void left by Payet. If he can continue his fine recent form, then he could become one of the Premier League's top attacking midfielders, meaning a return to River Plate would be put off even longer.

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