The Manchester United striker came up against Payet in the French league last season and admits he was always aware of the midfielder's class.
Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has revealed that he is not in the least bit surprised about Dimitri Payet's superb season, having played against the midfielder whilst in France, as quoted by the Daily Express.
Payet has been one of the biggest stars of the season in England, racking up 12 goals and eight assists in all competitions in his debut campaign at West Ham United.
The 29-year-old has been hailed and honoured by players and critics alike for his fine performances, being named London's footballer of the year and listed as one of the six nominees for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.
His success has come out of the blue for many who were unaware of his talents when he was playing in France for Marseille, but Martial, whose Monaco side came up against the playmaker last season, insists that he has not been caught unaware by his compatriot's success.
The 20-year-old striker said, as quoted by the Daily Express: "Payet just came here this season and he’s really impressed everyone, but I was already aware of the ability he had, given that he used to play in the French league and he’s also a mate of mine."
Martial's United side will come up against Payet again on Wednesday night when the two sides face off at Upton Park in their FA Cup quarter-final replay.
Payet scored a spectacular free kick in the original tie at Old Trafford before Martial struck a later equaliser, and it would not be too much of a surprise to see the two French internationals vying to make a similar mark on the rematch.
The winner of tonight's replay will take on Everton in a semi-final at Wembley later this month.