Manuel Lanzini is a “luxury player” and would be more at home with Paris Saint-Germain than West Ham United.
That is according to ex-England man Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after this site revealed that the Hammers had rejected a deadline day approach from PSG for Lanzini’s services.
Football Insider later broke the news that West Ham value the Argentine playmaker at £15million and will allow him to leave in the summer if this fee is met.
The 27-year-old has started just two league matches this season so fans were surprised to hear that he could potentially have been lining up alongside Neymar and Mbappe.
But Mills argues that the standard of Ligue 1 is well short of the Premier League and Lanzini therefore would be more comfortable in France.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “It’s a totally different way of playing isn’t. The French League is incredibly slow compared to the Premier League.
“You really only have to play at 100% for four or five games a season and that’s why PSG have always struggled in the Champions League.
“You need to be tested all the time to be at your very, very best. It’s almost like playing pre-season games compared to the Premier League. They get 80% and score for fun in each game.
“It was interesting listening to a recent Kai Havertz interview the other day and he said he didn’t appreciate the physicality of the Premier League. It’s full-tilt every single game.
“He’s a very, very creative player, Lanzini. I think in the Premier League you’d call him a luxury player. There’s less room for them nowadays.”
Dele Alli was PSG’s first choice in January but the French giants turned to Lanzini when it became apparent that move would not come to fruition.
Lanzini, who is also the subject of interest from Turkey and the Middle East, has played 151 times for West Ham since signing in 2015, scoring 22 goals and making 23 assists.