Manuel Lanzini has insisted that his best is yet to come at West Ham, after recovering from a serious injury and playing his first game of the season against Fulham on Friday.
The midfielder suffered a severe anterior cruciate ligament injury during pre-season training last summer, and admitted his delight at making his return earlier than previously expected.
Speaking to the club’s website, Lanzini said: "After eight months of work and recovery, I went back to doing what I like doing most and what I love on Friday night. The sound of the supporters cheering for me and singing my name when I entered the pitch in the second half was unbelievable and it is what I have worked so hard for.
“At times, my recovery and rehabilitation were not easy, both physically and mentally, and many feelings and many things went through my head, but I stayed positive and gave maximum effort to my work."
He added: “I felt good on Friday, but I know I still have work to do to get to my best fitness levels and best form. I am determined to get there, but I know I have to be sensible and not rush things. We have many good things to work for in the future and I am looking forward to playing for Mister Pellegrini and his staff.
"We have a very strong squad here and hopefully we can achieve good things this season and in the next seasons.“Thank you very much to everyone. I am sure the best is yet to come.”
Lanzini’s return to first-team action will be welcome news for the Hammers, who have missed his creativity behind the forwards throughout this season.