West Ham favourite Manuel Lanzini makes his feelings clear on Slaven Bilic

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham United star Manuel Lanzini has made his feelings perfectly clear about manager Slaven Bilic.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho gestures as West Ham United's Dimitri Payet hugs West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic after he is substituted offWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic's last embrace with former favourite Dimitri Payet

The Hammers playmaker has emerged from the shadow of Dimitri Payet to take on the mantle of Bilic's talisman since the Frenchman's move back to Marseille in January.

While West Ham fans have always appreciated just how good the little Argentine is, he is now starting to take on added responsibility for driving his team forwards.

He was once again on the scoresheet and West Ham's best player in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Monday night at the London Stadium.

Payet said Bilic was a father figure to him after sweeping the board at West Ham's awards night at the end of last season.

And who can forget Bilic famously celebrating his goal for France in the TV studio at the European Championships last summer.

Payet was a hero to Hammers fans and was idolised by his manager but spoiled all of that by going rogue to force his move back to France.

West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini celebrates scoring their third goalWest Ham United's Manuel Lanzini celebrates

Bilic can console himself now, though, in the knowledge that he has a new bromance blossoming with Lanzini.

That's if the former River Plate star's Instagram post is anything to go by where he labels Bilic a great coach and friend.

"With effort and sacrifice everything arrives!" Lanzini said in the post alongside a picture of Bilic talking to him on the training pitch.

"As a great coach and friend told me, the best is yet to come."


Con esfuerzo y sacrificio todo llega!!! Como me dijo un gran técnico y amigo lo mejor está por venir ⚒

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If Lanzini continues his progression there is no reason why Bilic's advice cannot come true.

And if the Hammers can keep hold of him in the summer and add more creativity to their ranks to take the pressure of the talented star then the future will look extremely bright in East London.

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