Former West Ham United man Julien Faubert has told the club's official website that he believes Dimitri Payet has already improved as a player during his time at the club and admitted that he hopes to see his compatriot stay at the Olympic Stadium for years to come.
Payet was one of the stars of the season last term in his first Premier League campaign after his move from Marseille last summer, amassing 12 goals and 12 assists for the Irons.
That form saw him recalled to the French national side, and the 29-year-old has become a leading man for country as well as club, shining during the Euro 2016 group stages.
Though always a classy player during his time playing in his home country, Payet's meteoric rise to prominence in England has seen him linked with a host of top European clubs this summer.
Faubert acknowledges that the midfielder has stepped up a level in quality over the last 12 months, but the 32-year-old insists that Payet's future can still be with West Ham.
Faubert told the club's website: "Dimitri is a big player now and has made a huge step of his career. I played against him and he already had this quality, but he has taken his responsibility at West Ham to lead the team and is a different, bigger player now.
"I know why this has happened – at West Ham it’s the best atmosphere to play your best football because the club and the love from the fans make you a different player.
"I hope he is going stay many years at West Ham to show his best football for himself, the fans and the team."
West Ham fans will certainly share Faubert's desire to see Payet wearing the claret and blue for the foreseeable future, and the player's agent suggested a fortnight ago that the French star is likely to still be a Hammer next season, at least.