'Pellegrini is one of the best coaches in the world' - New West Ham signing Fornals

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The Hammers' £24 million man has lavished praise upon his new manager after becoming the club's third signing of the summer transfer window

New West Ham signing Pablo Fornals has hailed manager Manuel Pellegrini as "one of the best coaches in the world" following his arrival from Villarreal.

The midfielder arrived at the London Stadium on Friday for reported fee of £24 million ($30m), becoming the Hammers’ third summer signing after the additions of goalkeeping duo Roberto and David Martin.

The 23-year-old, who was on the books as a youth player at Malaga when Pellegrini managed the club’s first-team, was keen to lavish praise upon his new boss.

“Obviously, of course Manuel was a big influence because in the end he is one of the best coaches in the world,” he told the club’s official website.

“Who doesn’t like to work with people like that?

“I have worked more with Mario [Husillos], I know him from when I was in Malaga. With Manuel I saw him and admired him on TV.”

Pellegrini led Malaga to the quarter-finals of the 2012-13 Champions League, where they were knocked out through an injury time winner against eventual finalists Borussia Dortmund.

The 65-year-old even saw a roundabout named in his honour in Malaga city centre in October 2018.

Since leaving Spain, the Chilean has gone on to lift the Premier League title with Manchester City in 2014 as well as the Carabao Cup in both 2014 and 2016.

Fornals did not make a first-team appearance during Pellegrini’s tenure with Los Boquerones, only making his debut in September 2015 against Real Madrid.

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The midfielder, who scored five goals in 50 appearances across all competitions for Villarreal last season, went on to reveal his excitement at playing in the opinion-splitting London Stadium, saying: “I knew about the fans, and about the stadium, which is beautiful.

“The fans fill every weekend a stadium that can fit 60,000 people and I think it is important to play with the support of your fans at home. 

“Every match for me is going to be new, every team is going to be different. I've never played against any team [in England] so for that reason I’m really motivated and with the ambition to win as most matches as possible.”

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