West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has confirmed that he will be staying in London this summer irrespective of interest from a lot of clubs across Europe, on the back of a brilliant debut season with the Hammers and an equally impressive Euro 2016 campaign with France. The Frenchman signed from Marseille in 2015 and has been among the outstanding players in the Premier League last season.
The midfielder has attracted interest from the likes of Inter Milan and Real Madrid but he insists that he is happy with the Hammers who will move to the Olympic stadium from next season. Payet scored nine goals and assisted 12 in 30 appearances for West Ham and followed that performance with three goals and two assists for France in the Euros. West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has recently claimed that Payet is worth as much as £100m ($131.5m).
"I've heard about all the interest and I'm flattered. But I love West Ham. We had a fantastic season and I can't wait to play in the Olympic Stadium. I'm 100 per cent staying at West Ham, I love the club. I can tell the Hammers fans that," Payet told the Sun.
The words are in sync with what West Ham co-owner David Gold said during the Euros, where he established that any other club barring Barcelona and Madrid will find it difficult to sign Payet as they will do their best to hold on to him. The 29-year-old's assurance here will go a long way in addressing his worries and help West Ham go into the next season in a proper frame of mind.
"We'll fight tooth and nail to make sure Dimitri pulls on a claret and blue shirt next season. We want to improve our squad and Dimitri is an integral part of what we're trying to do. But we also must be realistic. If Barcelona or Real Madrid made a bid and he wanted to move there, it would be difficult to keep him," Gold said.