West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has told El Mercurio, as translated by Sport Witness, that he failed to bring Charles Aranguiz to the club.
The Hammers enjoyed a decent first season under Pellegrini, achieving a top 10 finish, and he has been backed with a huge arrival in Pablo Fornals.
Fornals may bring more skill and creativity to West Ham's midfield, which is something Pellegrini has seemingly been keen on adding for some time.
Pellegrini has now revealed back in Chile that he wanted to take Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Aranguiz to the London Stadium, but he didn't want to make the move.
“I will not talk about conversations, but I can tell you that I would have loved to have many Chilean players who have been figures worldwide,” said Pellegrini. “In the past I took several: Salas, Rojas, Matías Fernández, Iturra, Moras; I have taken 7 or 8 Chilean players. I tried to take Aránguiz to West Ham, but he did not want to,” he added.
30-year-old playmaker Aranguiz has been hailed for his creative and technical play both for Leverkusen and with the Chilean national team.
We're assuming that the interest materialised last summer, and following his fellow Chilean to the London Stadium would have been an exciting addition to the West Ham midfield.
Aranguiz is excellent on the ball and possesses an outstanding passing range, whilst he finished last season with seven assists to his name.
Now 30, it seems unlikely that West Ham will make another move for Aranguiz, especially given Mark Noble's age too, and he'll have to go down as an almost-Hammer in a move which would have entertained supporters.
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