Wantaway Payet Refusing to Play

West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet is refusing to play for the club as he tries to force a move, according to manager Slaven Bilic.

By Carlo Chikomba

The Hammers’ star midfielder is determined to force a move away from the London stadium, a situation which Bilic concedes is a big problem.

Speculation has linked him with an exit ever since the 29-year-old was shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year award in 2016 in the aftermath of a sensational first season in English football. He followed that up by helping France to the final of Euro 2016.

Earlier in January, Payet liked a Tweet suggesting that he could return to his previous club, Marseille. Though, realistically, that would unlikely be his destination it was a clear hint of the midfielder’s desire to leave the club.

However, Bilic is adamant that his star man, who signed a new contract in February lasting until 2021, will not be allowed to leave but acknowledged his refusal to train with the first team and therefore will not play any part against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

“Let’s get serious,” the Croatian told reporters. “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 he does not want to play for us. We are not going to sell him.”

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