Payet Defends Leaving West Ham

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Dimitri Payet has finally spoken out after his bitter departure from West Ham to Marseille.

The Hammers slammed the France international after his transfer to Marseille, accusing him of lack of respect.

Payet insists he began his stand-off a long time ago and that he missed France and wasn’t happy at England.

“[This move] is what I wanted. It was clear from the start,” Payet said, who was forced to pay back his January wages, according to Sky sources.

“I didn’t feel very good over there. I wanted to be part of this project that is just getting started. It came at a time when I missed France.

“It was drawn out because I started my stand-off with West Ham a long time ago. Slaven Bilic had his view. I spoke to him. I don’t want to talk about this at the moment, but I don’t have to justify my behaviour.

“I needed to come back to France to Marseille – it was a personal choice. I’m very happy. My main motivation is to play football. If I was playing for money, I’d be in another country.

“If [the move] hadn’t gone through I would have lived with it. Thanks to all the staff for doing what was needed.”



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