Speaking to Canal Football Club, Dimitri Payet has admitted that it was not his first choice to sign with West Ham over the summer, although he has been impressed with the club since his move was confirmed.
The playmaker said: “It is true that the initial idea was not to cross the Channel but to continue my adventure with Marseille. It is true that it [the transfer] happened quickly. I am surprised [by West Ham]. Surprised about the quality of the squad. It is a club with ambitions, set out notably by the new manager, with whom I spoke with a lot.”
Payet has been one of the star performers in the Premier League this season, and along with Andre Ayew, arguably the signing of the summer so far.
Following a starring performance against Newcastle on Monday, Payet has three goals and one assist for the Hammers this term, and he has been a key figure for Slaven Bilic’s side.
However, he has admitted that moving to East London was not in his thinking when the summer transfer window opened, and that he wanted to stay with Marseille after his best ever season in competitive football.
Payet, 28, was the leading assist maker in Ligue 1 last year, but L’OM decided to cash in on their star man when his value was at its highest, and so far the deal has worked out for all parties involved.
Payet may have been reluctant to sign with the Hammers, but he is happy now, West Ham have a truly top class player on their hands, whilst L’OM received a sizeable transfer fee which they invested back in their squad, meaning that the move was best for everyone.