Dimitri Payet's agent Jacques-Olivier Auguste has questioned the credibility of comments allegedly made by the West Ham midfielder during an interview with The Sun, after the player reportedly said he was "100 per cent staying at West Ham".
It has been a busy summer of speculation about the 29-year-old's future with the Hammers, after having an outstanding debut season in the Premier League, and winning many admirers following his £10.7 million transfer from Marseille last summer.
Both Chelsea and Real Madrid have been linked with the France international, who netted 12 goals and produced 13 assists for West Ham last campaign, as the club finished seventh, while netting three goals for Les Bleus as he helped guide his country to the final of Euro 2016.
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The Sun reported on Thursday an interview with the player in which Payet reportedly said: “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.”
However, Auguste has left Hammers fans concerned about the reported comments, with the agent suggesting that while the player is happy with the club, as they prepare to move into their new Olympic Stadium home, there is no certainties about the player's future.
Burnt in public
"With West Ham it is quite simple, if a club is interested they will call the club, and then, we will see." Auguste told L'Equipe, as reported by the Daily Mail.
"Now Dimitri is certainly feeling good at West Ham, but to say that he will 100 per cent stay is difficult.
"Because if tomorrow he has to leave, I think he will be burnt in public."
Payet only signed a new five-year £125,000-a-week deal in February, but David Sullivan, co-chairman of the club, has hinted the Frenchman may be offered a new deal worth £150,000-a-week, if he continues the form he showed for the east Londoners last season, going into the Christmas period.
Reports claim that Real could be competing with bitter rivals Barcelona for Payet's signature this season, although Los Blancos are not keen on spending big money on an ageing player, while Chelsea's interest goes back to the beginning of the year.
The midfielder picked up the Player of the Year gong in his debut season, while producing stand-out performances for France at the Euros have only helped increase speculation over the player's future.
However, for the moment, it seems that Payet's future is at the Olympic Stadium, and working under the guidance of Slaven Bilic.
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