‘I would have preferred to make an example of him’: West Ham slam 'snake' Payet after Marseille movePublished January 30, 2017
West Ham have taken a swipe at Dimitri Payet following the completion of the Frenchman’s transfer to Marseille, criticising their former player for a lack of commitment and respect.
After weeks of speculation, the gifted midfielder finally completed a £25m move back to his former club on Monday morning, but despite making a huge profit on the deal, London Stadium chiefs were left incensed by his conduct throughout negotiations.
Citing his family’s homesickness as a reason for his unhappiness, French international Payet refused to play for Slaven Bilic’s side in an attempt to push through the switch. Despite two failed bids from the Ligue 1 team, West Ham eventually granted the player his wish and accepted a third offer for his sevices.
But in a club statement written by joint-chairman David Sullivan, West Ham hit out at the Reunion-born star over his alleged lack of ‘commitment’.
It read: “The club would like to place on record its sincere disappointment that Dimitri Payet did not show the same commitment and respect to West Ham United that the club and fans showed him, particularly when it rewarded him with a lucrative new five-and-a-half-year deal only last year.
“I would like to make it clear that we have no financial need to sell our best players and that the decision to allow Payet to leave was in accordance with the wishes of the manager and the interests of squad unity. To be frank, my board and I would have preferred for him to have stayed in order to make an example of him, as no player is bigger than the club.”
Jack Sullivan, son of the West Ham chairman, also took to social media to share his thoughts on the transfer, with the youngster likening the 29-year-old to a snake in another swipe at his behaviour.
Payet mustered 18 goals and 25 assists in 66 appearances for the Hammers, helping Bilic’s men to their highest Premier League finish in his one full season in east London.
He will be replaced in midfield by former Hull City playmaker Robert Snodgrass, who joined for a fee of £10.2m over the weekend.