West Ham joint-chairman David Sullivan has slammed Dimitri Payet after the frenchman forced his move away from the club.
The playmaker was rewarded with a five years contract last year after a fantastic 2015-16 season, only for him to refuse to play for West Ham and ask to leave.
Payet completed his £25 million move to Marseille Sunday evening and David Sullivan has released a statement slamming his actions and stating if it were up to him and the board, he would have remained at the club.
“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,” the club statement begins. “Particularly when it rewarded him with a lucrative new five-and-a-half-year deal only last year.
“I would like to make it clear that we have no financial need to sell out best players and that the decision to allow Payet to leave was in accordance with the wishes of our 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 the qualty of the players 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.”