Double boost for West Ham over Slaven Bilic and Manuel Lanzini claims

Goalscorer Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United is congratulated by Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United, as he is substituted during the Premier League match between West Ham United and...

West Ham United have received a double boost over the future of two of their most important figures.

Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Southampton, England.

The Hammers lost both their opening Premier League games, 4-0 to Manchester United and 3-2 to Southampton before a 2-0 win over Cheltenham in the League Cup.

Slaven Bilic - who retains the support of a large majority of the clubs supporters - is already under pressure according to The Mirror with the likes of Laurent Blanc and Thomas Tuchel reportedly being lined up to replace him.

Supporters have also had to endure speculation that their star player Manuel Lanzini could be set for a move to Liverpool or even the mighty Barcelona after recently breaking into the Argentina squad, as reported by the likes of The Sun.

Goalscorer Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United is congratulated by Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United, as he is substituted during the Premier League match between West Ham United and...

But there was positive news on both fronts this week as two well-placed West Ham sources denied either will be leaving the East Londoners.

Ian Abrahams, a West Ham fan and reporter for talkSPORT, told the radio station that he had spoken to the West Ham board who rubbished the story.

"I don't think he's under any real pressure at all," Abrahams told talkSPORT.

"I've been making some enquiries about it and my sources at West Ham have told me, quote... unquote, 'the story is total rubbish'.

West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic looks on before the English Premier League football match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton,...

"I can't tell you that (my source) but as far as I know from the owners it's not a true story."

Then when pressed on the future of Lanzini, top Hammers Twitter source ExWHUEmployee joined the manager in reassuring fans.

"Nothing to worry about (regarding Lanzini's future), Bilic covered this in his press conference," ExWHUEmployee said on Twitter.

 

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