There was some worrying news for West Ham United fans this morning when manager Slaven Bilic revealed that Dimitri Payet no longer wants to play for the club.
Arguably the Hammers’ best player stunned in the Premier League last season by helping the team finish seventh in the table.
The playmaker, who joined the East London club from Marseille in 2015, scored nine goals and bagged 12 assists in the top flight last season.
Payet has not exactly set the world alight this season, scoring two goals and making six others in 18 appearances during a dismal campaign for West Ham.
Slaven Bilic’s side sit 13th in the standings after winning six, drawing four and losing 10, and their new stadium in Stratford has not brought them much luck.
In this morning’s press conference, Bilic dropped the bombshell that Payet has given up on West Ham, but the boss insisted that the Frenchman will not be sold. BBC Sport quotes the Croatian as saying:
“We have said we don’t want to sell our best players but Dimitri Payet does not want to play for us. We are not going to sell him. I spoke to the chairman and this is not a money issue. We gave him a long contract because we want him to stay.”
After Bilic revealed the news, fans flooded onto Twitter to give their views on the dire situation.
Payet not wanting to play for us is a massive kick in the teeth, he should appreciate the club that made him who he is.
— h ⚒ (@harrycox47) January 12, 2017
if payet doesn't wanna play then sell him simple
— freddo ⚒ (@claretandblue_) January 12, 2017
Payet contract runs until 2021, let him rot in reserves he'll be 33 by then, career over. It won't happen but would send a message out.
— Andy Brown (@andy_brown4430) January 12, 2017
Even Payet has joined the 'fire drill' #cheerio
— Antony Dust (@Dusty83) January 12, 2017
not even 1% surprised about payet, absolutely knew this would happen.
— R. (@heartsneedabeat) January 12, 2017
Payet doesn't want to play for West Ham anymore, elite mentality
— Leo (@FutboICosta) January 12, 2017
Somewhere in China there is a club readying a world record bid for Payet, wouldn't surprise me in the slightest
— Tuggs_90 (@mickeytuggs90) January 12, 2017
Bit unprofessional from Payet but we don't know what he was promised in summer. #Payet
— Jacob J Kimberley (@JakeJK93) January 12, 2017
Can't really blame Payet lied to like all of us board to blame but he could of just got on with it til end of the season
— Brady Out (@UptonparkIshome) January 12, 2017
See ya later Payet ????
— Joe Brown (@Joe_Brown97) January 12, 2017
Once stated he doesn't want to play. Wages should be halted and the only way he can leave is if he buys a % of his own contract out. #Payet.
— Matty Gannon. (@MattyJackGannon) January 12, 2017
Dimitri Payet…another footballing mercenary!!!! #ShowMeTheMoney ????????????
— Stu (@CHEFSTU76) January 12, 2017
Payet is an example of all that is wrong with the EPL the club should sack him immediately
— Rabmcd® (@RobertMcdermid) January 12, 2017
So Dimitri Payet wants to leave West Ham but Bilic has said hes not for sale
Great logic that is ????
— Mandeep Johal (@JollyJohal89) January 12, 2017
Payet has one good season and thinks he's Maradona ???? #bigtime
— Nicholas Page (@npage88) January 12, 2017