In the middle of the week, when West Ham player Manuel Lanzini joined the Argentine national team, he teased over the possibility of returning to his old club River Plate.

Speaking to the local media, the 26-year-old has claimed that the Buenos Aires side still ‘make him happy’, and he would go back if ‘the club allows him to’.

As always, the quotes made some noise in the Argentine press, but the possibility was quickly denied by River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio.

Speaking to DirecTV Sports (via AS), the official has claimed the transfer to be ‘impossible’ for the Argentine club at the moment, as Lanzini would be far too expensive to be bought from West Ham at this stage.

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“He’s worth between 40 and 50 million euros, it’s impossible to return now,” Donofrio told DirecTV Sports.

Lanzini left River plate in 2014 on a €7.5m deal with Al Jazira. One year later, he made the move to West Ham United, who paid €12m for him and have the player tied with a contract until 2020.