Ravanelli admits he recommended Payet to Juventus and praises West Ham's Oxford inclusion

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The Italian has been speaking about West Ham United's opening weekend victory.

Former Italian international Fabrizio Ravanelli has been speaking about West Ham United’s performance against Arsenal at the weekend in comments published by GianlucaDiMarzio.com.

The former Middlesbrough forward was speaking in an interview with the print copy of Gazzetta dello Sport when he opened up about the Hammers' new signings and their next big thing Reece Oxford.

The 16-year-old excelled in a holding midfield role against Arsenal and summer signings Dimitri Payet and Angelo Ogbonna also played their part as West Ham ran out 2-0 winners.

Ravanelli played more than 100 times for Juventus so his connection with the club means he will be well aware of Ogbonna’s ability, but he also explained that he had recommended Payet to the Turin club before he moved to Upton Park.

“I’m happy for (Matteo) Darmian and Ogbonna,” Ravanelli said. “Not everyone’s debut in the Premier League is as the best player at Old Trafford or a winner against Arsenal.”

The 46-year-old went on to praise Bilic’s faith in Oxford, with the teenager simply sensational against the Gunners.

“In Italy these things do not happen and our football should wonder why,” he said of young players getting chances at top clubs.

He then explained that under different circumstances, Payet may have been turning out in Serie A instead of the Premier League.

“At Juve I recommended Dimitri Payet,” Ravanelli added, but thankfully for West Ham and their supporters, the famous Italian club did not heed his advice.

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