Dimitri Payet may have joined West Ham only a couple of months ago, but he has already been rewarded with a new contract for his impressive performances and also to keep interest from other clubs at the bay. The 28-year-old was signed from Marseille for around £ 10 million.
He has been known for being prolific in spells. West Ham have seen enough to considerPayet as their most important asset after the player has brought in seven goals and four assists in 23 appearances for the club.Payet’s presence has helped the West Ham to retain a position in the top half of the table.
However, a threat to the player’s future at Upton Park has grown significantly in the last few months with Chinese clubs reportedly ready to spend around £ 38 million to acquire the Frenchman. It would have meant a sizeable profit on their £ 10 million investment, but West Ham have gone down the route of securing their most prized asset.Payet has signed a new five-year contract with the club. Apart from his good performances in the league, West Ham have also reached the fifth round of the FA Cup by beating Liverpool in extra time.
After a recent spell on the sidelines,Payet returned to the starting line-up with a goal against Bournemouth.”For me it’s a big step, an enormous show of faith, particularly from the Chairman [David] Sullivan and from the manager. I thank them for that, and I am proud and I’m happy to prolong the adventure with West Ham.I’ve said it several times, I feel good here, everyone’s done all that they can to make me feel good. I want to help West Ham grow and, once again, this new contract shows my desire and motivation to fulfil those objectives,” said the midfielder.