Dimitri Payet claims Eden Hazard helped him become a star

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The West Ham star revealed that Eden Hazard helped him at Lille.

West Ham United star Dimitri Payet has revealed to the club's official website that Chelsea ace Eden Hazard helped him become a better player during their time in Ligue 1.

The 29-year-old playmaker, who has 12 goals and 10 assists in all competitions, has arguably been the star signing in a season which has seen the Hammers mount a serious bid for Champions League qualification, while they also remain in contention for an FA Cup title.

Payet, who joined from Marseille last summer, spent two years at Lille in a stint which saw him play alongside reigning Premier League Player of the Year Hazard, before the Belgian moved to the Blues in 2012.

When asked by the Irons' official website if Hazard, and Andre Ayew at Marseille, helped him, the Frenchman said: “Well of course those players have helped me and I have been helped by the top players at all the clubs I have played for.

“When you are playing with such good players it does make things easier but I also feel that you can learn new things at all ages and at all times from the younger and older players.

“That is what football is all about – getting the best out of everyone and working hard.”

 

He may have helped him, but Payet has undoubtedly out-shined his former team-mate this season, with Hazard, such a big role the Blues' Premier League title win under Jose Mourinho last term, failing to score a single league goal this season in 26 appearances. 

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