Payet goes on strike

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

LON­DON. - Dim­itri Payet has asked to leave West Ham, boss Slaven Bilic has con­firmed.

Bilic has re­vealed the French­man is re­fus­ing to play for the English Pre­mier­ship soc­cer club and won’t be in­volved against Crys­tal Palace this week­end.

Payet was ex­cel­lent last sea­son and signed a new deal in Fe­bru­ary but he has strug­gled this term, along with the rest of the Ham­mers squad.

French cham­pi­ons PSG are thought to be in­ter­ested in the 29-year-old, who is not train­ing with the first team.

Bilic said: “Let’s get se­ri­ous. I have a sit­u­a­tion with a player. It is Dim­itri Payet. He wants to leave.

“We have said we don’t want to sell our best play­ers but Payet does not want to play for us. “We are not go­ing to sell him.” Payet has scored 15 times in 60 games for the Irons since his £10.7mil­lion move from Mar­seille 18 months ago.

Bilic added: “It started 10 days ago when the win­dow started. I spoke to the club. I spoke to the chair­men. It’s not a money is­sue. We gave him a new con­tract.

“I don’t think he will go this win­dow but it will be hard to keep him happy.

“This team, the staff, we gave him ev­ery­thing, we were al­ways there for him. I feel let down. I feel an­gry.”

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