Dimitri Payet reacts to Zidane chants, sends message to West Ham fans

Zinedine Zidane

The Frenchman is delighted with how the West Ham faithful have received him.

West Ham United playmaker Dimitri Payet is delighted fans have compared him to Zinedine Zidane in a chant dedicated towards him, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 28-year-old has made a sensational start to life at Upton Park and, in response to his name being sung alongside Zidane comparisons, he has sent a message of thanks to the West Ham faithful.

And the Frenchman admits he has never been lavished with such praise before.

Payet is quoted as saying by the Mirror: "I heard it after the Crystal Palace match - it was posted a lot on my Twitter feed.

"It is the first time I have a song with my name - it never happens in France. It really touched me. I would like to thank the fans. Even to be compared with him is a really good thing for me."

Clearly, Zidane is one of the greatest players in history and any comparisons are simply made out of compassion towards Payet. The 28-year-old would have to produce a miraculous last few seasons before retiring if he is ever to truly be on par with the French great.

But the West Ham man is certainly as influential for the Hammers as Zidane was for his teams back during his playing days - and he has been nothing short of phenomenal since moving to the Premier League.

It'll be another test for Payet when he faces Chelsea later today. But, even if the Frenchman has a quiet game, he has already proved himself against the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and more...

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