West Ham's Dimitri Payet says he can get even better

France's Dimitri Payet before the match

The West Ham attacking midfielder has been on fire over the last few months, but he may only just be getting started.

France's Dimitri Payet before the matchFrance's Dimitri Payet

France and West Ham star Dimitri Payet had massive words of optimism after what has been a special year in his footballing career, in quotes appearing on the Hammers website.

Speaking to the press as part of France await their opponent in the knockout stages of Euro 2016, Payet said he felt that he had more to offer in terms of quality, encouraging news for supporters of both his club and his country.

"People believe in me and they expect things from me; which counts a lot," he is quoted as saying by whufc.com. "I think I can still improve.

"I've come a long way and I want to make the most of it now."

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring their second goalFrance's Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring

The attacking midfielder has been in scintillating form over the last 12 months, starring for West Ham throughout his season debut season with the East Londoners, and then taking that form into international football after being recalled by France in time for the European Championships this summer.

After scoring 12 times for the Hammers this season, and assisting 15 goals, he was given a vital role in Didier Deschamps side, and has promptly responded with four goals in his last six matches for his country. And Payet pointed to the positive impact playing in the Premier League has had on preparing him for international tournaments.

"A lot of the physical contact is right on the limit," Payet said of life in the Premier League. You're playing against a big European club every couple of weeks and you have to be ready.

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

“I think the level of the Premier League prepared me for international standards.”

The 29-year-old's admission is scary stuff for pretty much every footballer in both the Premier League and the Euros, except of course, West Ham supporters. They'll be delighted that he talks so fondly of the league's impact on his performances for France, as well as the fact they could get an even better player next season.

Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring the second goal for West HamDimitri Payet celebrates scoring for West Ham

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