West Ham boss Slaven Bilic insists Manuel Lanzini is 'happy' at the club
By Conor Creamer
Last Updated: 11/08/17 4:38pm
Slaven Bilic says West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini is "happy" at the club amid speculation over his future.
The 24-year old, who joined West Ham permanently last summer after a year on loan, has been the subject of speculation regarding his future following an impressive campaign last season.
According to reports, Lanzini is a potential target for Liverpool should Philippe Coutinho depart the club, though West Ham insist their Argentinian star is not for sale.
And manager Slaven Bilic claims the attacking midfielder is happy at the London Stadium and is focused on returning to full fitness for the new Premier League season.
"No player is bigger than the club in any way. I'm not talking about a contract I'm talking about just one player," Bilic said.
"I spoke with him last season a few times and in pre-season. We are looking after him. We know that he is happy and that there is a big year ahead of him."
The former Croatia boss also spoke on reported West Ham target William Carvalho.
Sky sources understand the Hammers are in talks with Sporting Lisbon for the midfielder, who is targeting a move to the Premier League, and are keen to secure his services.
"I know he's a good player," Bilic added.
"A lot of clubs have shown interest in him in the last few years.
"He's a top player, that's all I can say. Top players are hard to get but we are working to get them."
However, Bilic maintained that the player's £40m release clause from Sporting Lisbon was "stretchy".
"Yes, it would be a bit stretchy - even today."
West Ham begin their Premier League campaign away to Manchester United on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.