West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has claimed that Chilean star Charles Aranguiz rejected the chance to join him at the Hammers.
“I will not talk about conversations, but I can tell you that I would have loved to have many Chilean players who have been figures worldwide,” the Irons boss said, according to a report published by El Mercurio.
“In the past I took several: Salas, Rojas, Matías Fernández, Iturra, Moras; I have taken 7 or 8 Chilean players. I tried to take Aranguiz to West Ham, but he did not want to.”
During Pellegrini’s first-season in charge of West Ham, they gained a tenth-placed Premier League finish.
The Londoners started the season slowly but recovered well. While the Hammers tended to be inconsistent for large periods of last season, there are certainly a lot of positives that they can take and aim to build upon ahead of next season.
Aranguiz could have been a good addition to the West Ham midfield and worked well with the likes of Declan Rice and Mark Noble.
The 30-year-old has been praised for his worth-ethic and creativity while on duty for Chile as well as his club Bayer Leverkusen, whom he has been representing since 2015.
Pellegrini has claimed that he tried to make a move for the player happen but he ended up declining the advances of West Ham.
Meanwhile, the Hammers are set to be active in the transfer market this summer as they look to recruit a few new players.
One exciting signing that is the club has managed to make is that of midfielder Pablo Fornals.
The 23-year-old is one of Spanish football’s rising talents and is expected to add plenty of value to Pellegrini’s West Ham side next season.