a former coach balances the real reasons for Payet’s return to Marseille

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Between Dimitri Payet and OM, it’s a real love story, no one can doubt it. The Reunionese keeps reminding him this season, especially this week, when he explained that he had refused an offer from Manchester United to return to Provence in January 2017. But, without any intention of controversy, his coach at the time of West Ham, Slaven Bilic, revealed that it was above all the Hammers’ refusal to upgrade his contract that prompted the playmaker to look elsewhere…

“When I talk about Dimitri, I can only say good things about him, the Croatian told FourFourTwo. With West Ham, he became a Premier League star and broke into the national team. And then he took part at Euro 2016 and asked to be upgraded or to leave. The club refused because he had already done so in his first season. I was in the middle of it all and I saw him become a not so good. He then said that he wanted to go home. It was not easy for me to deal with this situation, but we did it in a smart way. During the Christmas period, when he there were a lot of games, we hoped he would stay. He was giving his best but he was different in attitude. From the moment he was with us, his status changed and this was even more the case after the Euros. It is normal for a player’s appetite to grow when this happens…”

to summarize

Dimitri Payet often repeats that if he left West Ham in January 2017, it was because he missed Marseille and OM too much. But there’s also a big money story behind it all, revealed by his former coach Slaven Bilic.

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