Speaking to the official West Ham website, Dimitri Payet has admitted that Slaven Bilic was a key factor in his decision to sign for the Hammers, and then agree a contract extension with the East London club.
When asked if Bilic was a key reason for his decision to sign for West Ham, Payet said: “Yes of course, Slaven was a big factor in me signing for the Club last season and signing my new contract recently. I thank him for that.”
Payet was one of the first signings Bilic made as West Ham boss, when named head coach in the summer.
The Frenchman arrived with the reputation as one of the best creative players in Europe, although there were doubts about his work rate and attitude, which had always prevented him moving to a bigger club than Marseille.
However, he has all-but allayed these fears, establishing himself as one of the best players in the Premier League this term.
He is one of the signings of the season, and should be considered as player of the season, exciting fans every time he takes to the field.
Payet has scored nine goals and registered eight assists in 26 games for the Hammers, and has really bought into the ‘West Ham Way’.
Bilic convinced him to move to East London, and for all the great work he has done at the Boleyn Ground, securing the Frenchman’s signature is undoubtedly the head coach’s best move.