West Ham attacker Perez denies that he refused to warm up during Everton win

West Ham finally got their first points of the season yesterday when Manuel Pellegrini’s side beat Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park.

However, many of the headlines after the game centred around the Hammers summer Lucas Perez, with reports emerging that suggested the former Arsenal man had refused to warm up when asked to do so by his manager.

It had initially looked like Perez would be sent on in place of the injured Marko Arnautovic, but Michail Antonio instead took the place of the Austrian attacker.

However, Spanish attacker Perez has today taken to Twitter to deny that he refused to warm up and label yesterday’s reports as false:

“Given the false information spread by the media that has affected my image, I am obliged to explain the only truth: I have never refused to warm up in my whole career, let alone play a match.” He wrote.

“In my current club, the players on the bench warm up in series of three to five minutes, in continuous rotation. In the moment Marko got injured, I was on the bench after warming up. The coach called me to go out to play, however having realised it was faster to substitute Antonio in, who at that moment was warming up, he changed his decision.

“The images that have been misinterpreted correspond to a talk with the goalkeeper’s coach, in which I never refused to warm up and explain what happened. As a professional, I accept the decision and I will continue working hard to have as many minutes as I can.”

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