West Ham's star signing Dimitri Payet urges new teammates not to get distracted by Olympic Stadium move

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West Ham United's exciting new midfielder Dimitri Payet has urged his teammates to concentrate on making the last season at the Boleyn Ground a good one.

Eight figure signing Dimitri Payet has been speaking to West Ham's official website about his big transfer to the Premier League from Marseille and says the Olympic Stadium move next summer was a major factor in his decision.

But the 28-year-old playmaker insists he and his teammates must put that to the back of their minds and ensure they give the club's famous Boleyn Ground home of 112 years a fitting send off.

“In coming here I’ve taken into account the new stadium and that’s obviously part of the project,” he told whufc.com.

“You move to a new stadium with ambitions, but first things first let’s have a very good season this year."

The Hammers will leave Upton Park for their new 54,000 seater home in Stratford next year with plans to try and break into the Premier League's elite just like Manchester City have.

But Payet revealed he is just as happy at their historic home having seen a number of games on television.

He added: "The ground's always full and there's a lot of atmosphere.

"For me that's important and that’s just the kind of ground I like.”

Just what West Ham fans have been crying out for

Payet's signing is just what West Ham fans have been crying out for. A player blessed with great skill who is not afraid to take people on and go for goal.

Former manager Sam Allardyce's teams were criticised for being too predictable and at times - especially away from home - one-dimensional.

But Payet is a real coup for new boss Slaven Bilic and a show of intent in the transfer window from the East Londoners as he has earned nine full caps for France and is highly rated across Europe.

Comfortably created more chances than Messi, Ronaldo and Hazard

He comfortably created more chances for his team than any other player in Europe's top five leagues last season with 135 - 40 more than the likes of Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

The France international had the second highest number of assists last season behind Messi and the season before finished top of that same table.

Gives the Hammers more attacking options

When the likes of Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia spent time out injured - which was all at the same time at one stage last season - West Ham struggled badly for goals.

And it showed as they slipped from fourth at Christmas to 12th by the season's end.

But their new midfielder will give them many more options as he can play in a number 10 role or as a winger and has a good record of 58 goals in 296 career games so far, including one for France.

The star is quick and blessed with terrific technique and dribbling skills, something that will go down well with West Ham fans who like to see football played a certain way.

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