Speaking at a press conference this morning, Slaven Bilic has confirmed to the media that star attacker Dimitri Payet no longer wants to play for the club.
West Ham signed Payet from Marseille in July 2015 for a fee in the region of £10.5m and he rapidly became a fan favourite, lighting up the Premier League with his dazzling displays.
However, this season West Ham have failed to live up to their efforts from the year before which clearly do not sit well with Payet who signed a new long-term contract in February worth £125,000-a-week until 2021.
The aims were to enjoy a decent run in the Europa League and to bring in a top-class centre-forward along with remaining competitive in the Premier League, none of which have materialised and Payet now wants out.
SB: "We have said we don't want to sell our best players but @dimpayet17 does not want to play for us. We are not going to sell him.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 12, 2017
“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.” Bilic told reporters.
“I spoke to the Chairman and this is not a money issue. We gave him a long contract because we want him to stay.
“This team, the staff, we gave him everything, we were always there for him. I feel let down. I feel angry.
“We aren’t going to sell him, not whatsoever. It’s not a money issue or anything. We want to keep our best players.”
Marseille have been linked with a sensational €40m move to bring the 29-year-old back to the club, while the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, PSG and Real Madrid have all been credited with an interest since the summer.
Payet has made 66 appearances for the Hammers since arriving, scoring 18 goals and tallying 25 assists in the process, but it appears like his time at the club is coming to an abrupt and sour end.