West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet has reassured the club and it's fans by insisting that he will definitely be a Hammer next season, when the east London club move into their new home at the Olympic Stadium.
The Frenchman was a sensation for the London club last campaign, making a name for himself as a free-kick specialist and all round attacking menace, after proving to be a bargain buy for £10.7 million for Ligue 1 side Marseille.
His form for both the Hammers and France haven't gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid and Inter Milan just two of the big names who have been sniffing around during the off-season, in hope of capturing the potent goal threat.
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"Payet is not for sale. Just because a big club wants him, tough luck. He is worth £100million. Even at his age." West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan recently told The Mirror.
However, the chairman did not need to reassure the club's fans, as Payet told The Sun he is looking forward to performing in their new home, in front of the club's adoring fans.
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“I’ve heard about all the interest and I’m flattered." said Payet. “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 netted 12 times for the Hammers last season, as they finished seventh - four points off a top-four spot - and the owners have admitted that they could offer the 29-year-old yet another contract later this year, after handing the attacking midfielder a new £125,000-a-week deal back in February.
It is understood that if the Frenchman continues his red-hot form heading towards 2017, then a new worth £150,000-a-week could be put on the table. But either way, the club are under no pressure to sell, with the midfielder having signed new terms earlier this year.
David Gold, West Ham's other co-chairman, added: “We’ll fight tooth and nail to make sure Dimitri pulls on a claret and blue shirt next season.
Dimitri is integral
"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 also insists the Hammers are “no longer a selling club, we’re a spending club and investing in our future”.
Payet was a consistent performer at the European Championships this summer, where he helped guide France to the final, and now the midfielder is looking forward to helping increase West Ham's profile in the Premier League, under Slaven Bilic.
The player's commitment to the club will also likely help to tempt new high-profile signings to the Olympic Stadium.
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