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France in­ter­na­tional Dim­itri Payet said he did not have to jus­tify his be­hav­iour af­ter forcing through a re­turn to Mar­seille from West Ham United for a club-record trans­fer fee. Payet re­joined the Ligue 1 side on a four-and-a-half-year deal af­ter Mar­seille shelled out €30 mil­lion (Dh120m). “It’s what I wanted,” Payet told a news con­fer­ence af­ter con­clud­ing a con­tro­ver­sial trans­fer from West Ham. “I wanted to be part of this project that is just get­ting started. It came at a time when I missed France. I didn’t feel very good over there. [West Ham man­ager] Slaven Bilic had his view, but I don’t have to jus­tify my be­hav­iour. I had an amaz­ing year in Eng­land. It didn’t fin­ish how we had hoped, but I’ll have very good me­mories of West Ham sup­port­ers.” Payet scored 12 goals and was named to the PFA Team of the Year, but when the trans­fer win­dow opened he re­fused to play as his pri­or­ity was a re­turn to France.

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