WEST HAM forward Lucas Perez reportedly ‘refused to warm up’ during the second half for the Hammers against Everton.
It is believed the 30-year-old had been in line to replace Mark Noble in the 70th minute, but Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez came on in his place.
Sky Sports Lucas Perez reportedly refused to warm up for West Ham during the second half at Goodison Park
Sky Sports Perez, 30, could be seen shaking his head while talking to goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero
While Perez was also a candidate to replace the injured Marko Arnautovic in the 64th minute, Michail Antonio was preferred.
Sky Sports had reported that the ex-Arsenal ace – who could be seen arguing with West Ham’s goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero on the dugout – refused to get himself ready on the touchline.
Speaking after the game, Pellegrini said: “Maybe it looks bad? But Marko [Arnautovic] was injured and I called Luca to start his warm-up.
“But when I saw Antonio was ready I decided to bring him on instead.”
Sky Sports Former Arsenal forward Perez can be seen arguing with West Ham goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero
Sky Sports Carlos Sanchez came on instead of Perez for the Hammers as he replaced Mark Noble
Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen said of the incident: “No matter what you get paid to play. And you get asked to do something you got to do it.
“We’ll find out, hopefully, what the reason is, so I’d only be speculating. But that’s the line to cross that you shouldn’t cross.”
TalkSPORT reporter Ian Abrahams tweeted: “Lucas Perez refusing to warm up? Bloke’s lucky he’s on the bench. Shown very little either at Arsenal or West Ham, that he is good enough.”
While Millwall’s Head of Coaching Kenny Brown said: “Lucas Perez refuses to warm up with 20 mins to go. Incredible lack of respect and professionalism.”