TyC Sports have this week featured an interview with West Ham winger Manuel Lanzini, who’s just had a good start to the year at the London side.
With two goals in the 3-2 away win against Crystal Palace, the 28-year-old got big praise for his performance, and there was even some gossip regarding his return to the national team.
Now speaking to the Argentine media, Lanzini highlights how important it’d be for him to play for the Albiceleste again, and claims he’ll try to keep up with the good form at West Ham so he can get new chances to feature for his country.
“I found out through social media but I’m calm, thinking about Sunday, which is the next game, and being able to continue doing it in the best way,” Lanzini told TyC Sports.
“Hopefully I can return to the Argentine national team because you want to always be representing your country. I know I have to continue with this level, playing, so that it takes me back to being so.”
Lanzini also talked about his injuries, which were claimed to be one of the reasons why he hasn’t been called up for the national team. That’s a problem he says he’s now overcome.
“It’s difficult to live with injuries. Whenever one comes at a good moment, it plays a lot in the player’s head to recover. You have to be very strong. The truth is that I’m proud that I have overcome myself and now I’m fine. Thank God. I enter the pitch knowing that I can give my best knowing that nothing is going to happen to me. Luckily in recent months I have been accommodating to what the coach asks me, how he wants me to play, and luckily I was able to return to the starting team and maintain regularity.
“You have to get comfortable. The most difficult thing is to find consistency, especially in a league as important as the Premier League. Luckily now I am settling well with injuries, I had no problems last year, and I am happy.
There was of course some talk about River Plate as well, with the West Ham player making it clear that he’d like to play for his former club again in the future, especially with manager Marcelo Gallardo in charge.
“River are an institution that has nothing to envy the big clubs in Europe. They treated my entire group very well, we did well too. Obviously it makes you want to return to a club of River’s magnitude and above with the plus that is Gallardo.”