Dimitri Payet has claimed he was “bored” at West Ham United and needed to move to Marseille to avoid “going backwards.”
Dimitri Payet enjoyed a stunning first season in England last term to help West Ham finish seventh, told L’Equipe a longer spell at the London club would have damaged his career.
“I didn’t want to play the role of also-rans in the Premier League any more,” he said. “I didn’t like the way we approached matches, the defensive system put in place. With a 5-4-1 in front of our penalty area, I could have all the freedom in the world, but it made it difficult to express myself. You could say I was bored, yes.
“I went through matches without enjoying it. I had contact with OM and notably with Rudi Garcia, who has a philosophy I know well. The choice was quickly made. If I had waited six months, I would have wasted six months,” Payet, who played under current Marseille boss Garcia at Lille, said.
“With West Ham, at home to Hull, we won 1-0 and our opponents hit the woodwork four times. In the dressing room, everyone was happy, even though the man of the match that day had been the post. I said to myself I wouldn’t have any room for improvement. On the contrary, I risked going backwards. I needed another challenge.”