Dimitri Payet admits he did not expect to settle so well at West Ham

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The Frenchman has proved to be a sensational signing this season.

West Ham United star Dimitri Payet has admitted he did not expect to settle so quickly in the Premier League, in comments made to the club’s official website.

The midfielder has proved to be one of the signings of the summer, with a string of impressive performances quickly making him the key man at Upton Park.

That was recognised by the club on Wednesday as he was named their 38th Hammer of the Year.

Indeed, the awards evening was a good one all round for him as he picked up five gongs in total, a clear demonstration of just how good he has been this year.

However he insists that he never thought he would settle so quickly in the Premier League as he thought it would be harder than it has been.

“Of course it’s a huge honour and a defining moment for me at the club,” he told whufc.com. “It’s an award that recognises the hard work I have put in and I’m very happy about it.

“I didn’t think I would adapt this quickly, to be honest. I thought it would be harder, but with the fabulous teammates that I have, and the manager and coaching staff, the settling in period was easier than expected.”

The Hammers will now be hoping Payet has more to give as they hunt down a top four place.

They currently sit fifth in the table and just four points behind Manchester City in fourth, but they have a game in hand against Manchester United to come.

That means a Champions League place is firmly up for grabs, and that would cap off an impressive year for both Payet and West Ham.

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