Bilic angry as Payet says he wants to leave West Ham

Bilic bombshell Payet does not want to play for West Ham but we won’t sell

West Ham moved quickly to tie the France global down to a fresh contract in February, only seven months into the five-year deal he signed upon joining the club.

Dimitri Payet has gone from a West Ham hero to a West Ham villain after it was reported that he is refusing to play for the Hammers.

While there is a clear desire of Bilic and the club to keep Payet, history tells us that when a player wants to leave, they usually get their way.

It read: "I say & I repeat I'm proud to wear the shirt of West Ham".

The Frenchman will no longer be considered for first-team selection for the foreseeable future - although the club have no intention of selling him. I feel let down.

Speaking at a press conference today, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic struggled to hide his disappointment after revealing that the French worldwide has downed tools.

The dream of Payet leading the Hammers to bigger and better things looks all but over now. It is Dimitri Payet.

On the back of his performances last season, Payet broke back into the France team and was a key player in the side that reached the European Championship final, losing to Portugal in extra time. He finished last season with nine goals and 12 assists in 29 Premier League appearances.

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His stellar performances with the Hammers saw him get his first worldwide call-up in March 2016 along with the then Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante.

"I spoke to the chairman and the vice-chairman and it is not about money, that is the reason why we have him a long contract and the reason he signed another one five months after he joined us".

Although Payet has struggled to replicate his form from last season, which culminated in him being nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, the West Ham manager would be loth to sell the forward.

As many former players have discovered in the past however, a lack of consistent success in no way makes the club's fans think less of their club.

This season, his performances have dipped and West Ham is in 13th place in the 20-team Premier League, as it endures a hard start to its tenancy at the Olympic Stadium in London.

Where Arsenal and Arsene Wenger enter the fray is with Payet's comments himself. While the Frenchman may not be as creative as the 28-year-old, he tends to possess a considerably higher attacking threat than him.

"Maybe we are going to lose a player, but maybe we are going to have a team".

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