Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has told the Daily Mail that he has never had a player refuse to play for him, as Dimitri Payet has at West Ham.
West Ham were rocked earlier today when manager Slaven Bilic told the club's official website that superstar playmaker Payet wants to leave the club – and is even refusing to play for the Hammers.
West Ham United's Dimitri Payet looks dejected
Sky Sports report now that West Ham have rejected a £19million bid from Payet's former club Marseille, with the French side keen to re-sign the playmaker just 18 months after letting him join West Ham.
Payet's unhappiness is a hammer blow for manager Bilic, as the Frenchman has been vital to his side ever since arriving in East London in the summer of 2015, and he's now set to be left out of this weekend's game against Crystal Palace.
With nine goals and 12 assists last season, Payet took the Premier league by storm, and has grabbed two goals and six assists this term, whilst creating by far the most chances in the Premier League.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates
Payet hasn't looked entirely happy this season, and now it seems that he's pushing for a move away during this month's transfer window in a shock turn of events, given that he penned a new contract until 2021 less than a year ago.
Now, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has told the Daily Mail that he has never had a situation like it in his career, but was blunt when asked whether Spurs would be interested in the 29-year-old playmaker, suggesting that it's West Ham's problem to deal with and nothing to do with Tottenham.
“In my career, it’s something that’s never happened with me,” said Pochettino. “West Ham is not my business… I cannot give my opinion, as what’s happened at West Ham is their problem,” he added when asked if Tottenham would be interested in signing Payet.
As talented as Payet is, he doesn't appear to be a great fit for Pochettino's side anyway. Payet would hardly relish Pochettino's high-energy, high-pressing style, and whilst he can produce moments of magic, his style of play does not mesh well with Tottenham's.
Add in that Tottenham would be reluctant to sign a player who is nearly 30 for over £20million, and that West Ham would loathe to sell their superstar to a fierce rival, and any idea of Payet heading to White Hart Lane is a non-starter – even if Payet did thrive under Pochettino's mentor Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille.
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