Dimitri Payet opens up on controversial West Ham exit – ‘It wasn’t on a whim’

A hugely popular figure in the club’s final season at the Boelyn Ground, the Frenchman scored 9 goals and registered 12 assists in his debut year.

West Ham’s talisman at the time and a player capable of the spectacular, the mood quickly soured less than two years after his time in east London, with former manager Slaven Bilic revealing in January 2017 that Payet did not want no longer play for the club.

A fairly quick return to former Marseille employers followed towards the end of the window, where Payet settled once again.

West Ham themselves, after a period of lavish spending under Manuel Pellegrini, left midfield with David Moyes overseeing a much more balanced approach to the transfer market.

The manner in which Payet left Payet drew widespread criticism from the club’s backing, although the 34-year-old stressed his decision to leave was based on ‘family reasons’.

“I left West Ham more for family than sporting reasons, because I had extended my contract and I still had five or six years left,” he told L’Equipe.

“I didn’t want anything, but to be good on the pitch I need to be happy, and if my family isn’t happy then I can’t be.

“So I made the choice to go home. It wasn’t a whim or a change of heart, because since I came back here, I haven’t moved, and I don’t intend to. It was thought. »

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