Perfectionist Payet stays humble despite Euro 2016 and Real Madrid fanfare

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates at the end of the match

West Ham United hero Dimitri Payet may have been the star of Euro 2016 so far with his performances for France but it's clearly not going to his head.

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

Payet has carried on where he left off for his club last season with dazzling displays including an assist and two fantastic goals at Euro 2016 so far.

After setting up Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, Payet netted a world class winner in a 2-1 triumph over Romania in the hosts' first game.

And he was at it again as his quick feet put the seal on another victory with a fine goal in the 2-0 win over Albania.

France's Dimitri Payet is congratulated by head coach Didier Deschamps as he is substitutedFrance's Dimitri Payet is congratulated by head coach Didier Deschamps

France's key man

Such is his elevated level of importance to France, Payet was rested by Didier Deschamps for the final group game, a 0-0 draw with Switzerland.

But even in that match he was introduced as a substitute and almost got another stunning winner only for his side-foot volley to crash off the underside of the crossbar.

This week one of his amazing goals from a training match has been posted out on social media to see his stock rise further still.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine ZidaneReal Madrid coach and France legend Zinedine Zidane

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While Payet's club manager Slaven Bilic and fans of the Premier League were already well aware of the Frenchman's talents, his performances in France have confirmed his talent to the rest of the world.

That has seen him linked with the likes of Real Madrid, as reported by The Telegraph.

But all the speculation clearly isn't going to Payet's head with the Hammers hero admitting to the L'Equipe he can do even better after his sub appearance against the Swiss.

France's Dimitri Payet scores their second goalPayet scores

'I should have buried it'

“On my chance, Moussa Sissoko did superbly along the right wing and he put in a good ball for me,” Payet told L’Equipe.

“I should have buried it in the back of the net.

“We need to keep in mind how we played during the first half.

“We played freely and were getting stronger and stronger. In the first half we played well. Then, in the second half, both teams took their foot off the pedal so that they wouldn’t concede."

France face the Republic of Ireland in the last 16 for a place in the quarter-finals, a match which will see Payet take on clubmate and Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

Republic of Ireland's Darren Randolph celebrates at the end of the matchRepublic of Ireland's Darren Randolph celebrates at the end of the match

Who has the upper hand?

Theoretically Randolph should be at an advantage having trained and played with and against Payet all season.

But given how often Payet's teammates reference the fact 'he always does it in training' after one of his gravity defying free-kicks it is more likely that Randolph rarely saves them.

Whatever the result West Ham fans are in for a treat this Sunday.

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