Frank Leboeuf admits fondness of West Ham star Dimitri Payet

West Ham's Dimitri Payet

The former France star is expecting the West Ham man to be key at Euro 2016.

West Ham's Dimitri PayetWest Ham's Dimitri Payet

Quoted by the Daily Mail, France legend Frank Leboeuf has admitted his fondness for West Ham United star Dimitri Payet.

The French midfielder joined West Ham United last summer in a relatively cheap move from Ligue 1 side Marseille.

West Ham's Dimitri Payet scores their second goal with a free kickWest Ham's Dimitri Payet scores their second goal with a free kick

He proved to be an excellent capture with a series of impressive performances in the West Ham midfield quickly turning him into the star of the show at Upton Park.

His displays earned him a call up into the French squad for Euro 2016, with many predicting he could be a key man as Didier Deschamps side look to secure victory on home turf.

And Leboeuf is one of his admirers, saying he has been putting pressure on Deschamps to include Payet in their star studded midfield.

“I am really fond of Payet,” the Daily Mail reports him saying.

“I have been supporting him and was putting pressure on Deschamps saying Payet should be the guy in the midfield zone.”

Real Madrid coach Zinedine ZidaneReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane

While France will be keen to see Payet star at Euro 2016 this summer, West Ham will likely be feeling much different.

There has already been talk of interest from La Liga giants Real Madrid, with Zinedine Zidane thought to be a big admirer of the Hammers star.

Should he do well at Euro 2016, that interest may become concrete and West Ham will secretly be hoping he isn’t the star he has been this past season.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic with Dimitri Payet as he is substitutedWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic with Dimitri Payet as he is substituted

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