Ex – West Ham midfielder Dimitry Payet has said he feels he has no need to justify his actions after refusing to play for the club.
Payet stopped playing for the club when he said he became unhappy. After weeks of negotiations eventually, West Ham agreed to sell him, accepting a bid from Payet’s former club Marseille.
Payet effectively went on strike to force the transfer and took a slight pay cut to ensure the move back to his home country of France went through. It has emerged that West Ham demanded the return of his wages for that month, £500,000, threatening to pull the deal if Payet refused.
Payet returned the money.
“I don’t need to justify my behaviour at all”
Payet stated categorically that he did not have to justify his recent actions, saying he did not feel good at the club. He did go on to say that he would speak about it at a later date.
Speaking about his wage cut and the fans he said, “If I was in this for the money, I would have been in a different country a very long time ago. It is not my motivation. This has been a sacrifice financially but money doesn’t drive me. I had an exceptional year at West Ham. It didn’t end in the way I would have wanted it to. I have very special memories of the West Ham fans.”
The whole episode with Payet has been a source of frustration and disappointment for anyone connected to West ham. Last season Payet’s creative flair and ability to score spectacular free-kicks made him a massive hit with fans and pundits.
To an extent, this was echoed by co – chairman David Sullivan who said that they would like to have kept him at the club to make an example of him, as no player is bigger than the club.