Wednesday 23 May 2018

'I'm staying at West Ham 100 per cent' says Euro ace Payet

Dimitri Payet. Photo: Reuters
Dimitri Payet. Photo: Reuters

France playmaker Dimitri Payet has insisted he is "100 per cent staying at West Ham".

The 29-year-old had been linked with with a move away from the London club after a number of impressive performances during his country's run to the final of Euro 2016.

But the former Marseille player, who helped the Hammers to a seventh-placed finish in the Premier League last season, has stressed his commitment to Slaven Bilic's team.

"I've heard about all the interest and I'm flattered. But I love West Ham," Payet said.

"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."

Meanwhile, West Ham have made a request to UEFA asking to play the second leg of their Europa League qualifier at home - to ensure the Olympic Stadium is ready.

The Hammers' first fixture at their new Stratford home will be a third qualifying round clash against either Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus or Slovenian side Domzale.

They would ordinarily play the home leg first on July 28.

However, with the Anniversary Games being held at the Olympic Stadium the previous weekend, the club fear they would not have time to switch it back to 'football mode'.

With agreement from both Shakhtyor and Domzale, a final decision should be ratified by UEFA in due course.

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