West Ham’s Dimitri Payet has completed a transfer away from the Hammers in favour of a move back to Marseille and the official statement released by the London-club makes no secret of their disappointment in the way in which Payet handled the situation.
It has been well-documented at this stage that Dimitri Payet’s £25 million transfer from West Ham to Marseille was one that ruffled quite a few feathers throughout its development. Payet infamously refused to play for his team on January 14th when they took on Crystal Palace and since then, had been campaigning to force a move away from the club, in favour of a return to France.
The move, though perhaps not made with an appropriate level of respect, was not one motivated by money, with Payet now reportedly set to make less in terms wages on a weekly basis than he would have done in the Premier League.
Now, with the deal set in stone, the club’s joint chairman David Sullivan has released a statement to the fans concerning their star-man’s departure and his own hopes for the club’s future and unsurprisingly, it doesn’t mince words when describing the disappointment the team’s board feel with the Frenchman.
The statement reads as follows.
“The Club would like to place on record its sincere disappointment that Dimitri Payet did not show the same commitment and respect to West Ham United that the Club and fans showed him, particularly when it rewarded him with a lucrative new five-and-half-year deal only last year.”
“I would like to make it clear that we have no financial need to sell our best players and that the decision to allow Payet to leave was in accordance with the wishes of the manager and the interests of squad unity. To be frank, my Board and I would have preferred for him to have stayed in order to make an example of him, as no player is bigger than the club.”
“I am confident that with the quality of the players we have brought in during January already, the squad will be stronger at the end of this transfer window than it was at the start. We now look forward to building on our recent good run of form with five league wins in the last seven matches as we focus on continuing our rise up the Premier League table.”
— West Ham United (@WestHam) January 30, 2017
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena