West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has admitted that he is “angry” with Dimitri Payet after the club’s star man refused to play.
In Thursday’s press conference, Bilic revealed that the Frenchman wants to leave the Hammers, but the club are not prepared to sanction a move.
Payet was in fine form last season, scoring nine goals and creating 12 assists in 30 Premier League appearances.
In February, with the hope of keeping the 29-year-old at the club long term, the Hammers tied him down to a new contract, which runs until 2021.
The current season has been a stark contrast to the previous one, with the club laying in 13th place after winning just six of their 20 top-flight games.
Payet has not been as influential, scoring two goals and providing six assists in 18 league appearances.
The East London outfit find themselves in a tough situation – do they sell now and get a significant fee for Payet, or do they weather the storm and try to convince the Frenchman to change his mind?
As it stands, Bilic has ruled out the notion of selling, but he will not welcome the playmaker back into his team until he alters his mindset.
On a personal level, Bilic has been left hurt by Payet’s decision, telling reporters:
“This team, the staff, we gave him everything, we were always there for him. I feel let down. I feel angry. I expect him to come back and show commitment and determination to the team, like the team has shown to him.
“He’s probably been tapped up by some clubs or whatever. That is usual at this time of year. But until he changes his attitude he is out of the team and he’s not going to train with us. I have a team to manage. But we are not going to sell him, not whatsoever.”