Dimitri Payet responds when asked about relationship with Deschamps and Euro 2016 chances

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The West Ham United star is hoping he has played his way into contention to start for France at this summer's tournament.

West Ham United star Dimitri Payet has insisted that there is no "discomfort" between himself and France manager Didier Deschamps and admitted he hopes he has done enough to prove he warrants a place in the squad for Euro 2016, as quoted by BT Sport.

Payet impressed after being handed his first international cap since last June in the defeat to the Netherlands on Friday, hitting the post in the first half and linking up well with teammates.

After the match, former World Cup-winning captain Deschamps suggested that if the 28-year-old can maintain his recent performance level there should be no question over his involvement this summer.

There had been rumours of a rift between the playmaker and the national team manager as Payet was overlooked by Deschamps earlier in the season, but the Hammers star insisted the pair's relationship was strong.

When asked if he had spoken to Deschamps, Payet responded, as quoted by BT Sport: "We discussed yes, of course. He told me what he expected of me and I said what I had to say, and the effect was that my game clicked against Holland. There is no discomfort between us."

Payet was then questioned on whether he thought he had done enough to earn a place in Deschamps' squad for Euro 2016, and despite his manager's confident statement the player himself was more cautious. 

He responded: "I do not know, I won't until the choice of the coach. I was happy to be back after a long period of absence, had a good week and didn't go too far wrong in the game.

"I started the meeting without any pressure and it has been rather successful. I combined well with Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud, and I hope that this can continue.

"I think I am in the best period of my career. I live a fairy tale with my club and if that could transfer into selection that would be great. I will work to ensure that my best years are still in front of me."

Payet's club form would certainly seem to merit inclusion; the midfielder has been one of the stars of the Premier League season since moving to England from Marseille last summer.

The key creative force in Slaven Bilic's high-flying West Ham side, Payet has scored 11 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for the London side in his debut campaign, also adding eight assists in the league.

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