Dimitri Payet singles out the man responsible for him joining West Ham

The West Ham playmaker has credited his head coach.

Dimitri Payet says Slaven Bilic was the main man responsible for his move to Upton Park this summer, according to Sky Sports.

Indeed, the 29-year-old playmaker has shone for West Ham United this season and admits he could have moved elsewhere.

But a conversation with Bilic soon persuaded Payet that West Ham was the club for him.

The Frenchman told compatriot Thierry Henry in a Sky interview: "Other clubs did get in contact but it didn't go further than that. My choice was to come to West Ham, mainly because I'd spoken to the manager.

"Speaking to the coach has been my number-one criterion at every club I've played for to find out what he expects from me, how he will make me improve and that he'll play me."

Payet's case to win the Player of the Year award is a very strong one indeed. The 29-year-old will no doubt claim the Hammers' yearly internal award...

The problem, though, is the that the case for the likes of Jamie Vardy, N'Golo Kante, Harry Kane and Riyad Mahrez is just as compelling. Perhaps not Mesut Ozil, though.

Whatever happens at the end of this season, West Ham - and Payet - have had a sensational campaign. But the aim will no doubt be to take the east London club further forward next term. Payet will be vital to any success they enjoy.

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