Payet refuses to play, says angry Bilic

Tracy FergusonJan 15, 2017

"I phoned him about that and he refused to play for us".

Payet has been linked with moves to China and some of the biggest clubs in Europe as well as a return to his former club Marseille.

There's been some murmuring about his the Frenchman not being entirely happy, and West Ham manager Slaven Bilic confirmed on Thursday that the player wants to leave the club.

"So, I rate him as a player very, very highly, it's not a secret, but I rate him even more as a man".

"It is a hard job and every team that has moved from an old stadium to a new one finds that but I think they will find that with the squad they have got, they will overcome that but hopefully not on Saturday".

The Croatian was adamant that Payet would not be sold and would be exiled from the side until a change of attitude, which can be seen as a good stance but has the potential to create a toxic atmosphere. It's not a money issue. I feel let down.

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"We have met all of his requirements since he joined and we committed long-term to him when we gave him a new five-year contract back in February 2016, so this is hugely disappointing".

Speaking on Off The Ball on Newstalk this evening, Giles advised Bilic to get rid of the 29-year-old and warned of the caustic effect his presence might have on the rest of the squad. I feel let down. "They know what it means to the fans and to the club".

"Payet signed a long-term contract and now he's saying he doesn't want to play anymore. But we are not going to sell him", Bilic said. If you sign a contract, you should honour that contract.

"I think all the lads in the dressing room are fantastic", he added.

'I saw Fernando Torres do it at Liverpool, but I've never been in that position and honestly don't understand what players hope to gain.

Manager Slaven Bilic announced on Tuesday that Payet has asked to leave the club. You are losing the quality because he's a great player but we showed it was about the team not the individuals.

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He hasn't played this year.

A source said: "There was a meeting in which Dimitri said he wanted to go".

Strong words from Giles, the question now is what next for Payet?

Payet scored nine goals in 30 Premier League games last season following his £10million transfer from Marseille in the summer of 2015.

"This deal has been done with Payet. wherever he's going".

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