West Ham issue perfect response to withering Dimitri Payet claims

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet shakes the hand of West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic after he is substituted off

West Ham United have issued the perfect response to Dimitri Payet's latest outburst.

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet shakes the hand of West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic after he is substituted offStabbed in the back? Dimitri Payet shakes the hand of Hammers boss Slaven Bilic before leaving

The Hammers endured a torrid first half of the season in stark contrast to the magnificent debut campaign under Slaven Bilic.

Results have improved drastically in the last two months lifting the East Londoners up to the relative comfort of midtable.

And much of that has been attributed to a tighter bond between the Hammers squad in the wake of wantaway star Payet's controversial exit in January.

Reports in the likes of The Sun claimed Payet was upsetting team morale and ostrichsising himself from teammates in a concerted effort to force through a return to former club Marseille citing family reasons as the motive behind his desire to leave.

But Payet told L'Equipe this week that he actually left because Slaven Bilic played a 'negative' brand of football, he was 'bored' and felt the club was going nowhere.

"The way we played, the defensive system we used, didn't please me," the France star told L'Equipe.

"You could say I was bored. I had had contact with Marseille and most notably with [Marseille coach] Rudi Garcia, who had a philosophy that I knew well.

"The choice was quick. If I waited six months I would lose six months.

"With West Ham at home against Hull, we won 1-0 and they hit the post four times, In the changing room everyone was happy, but the the man of the match that day was the post.

"I thought that I would not have room for improvement. On the contrary, I risked regressing. I need another challenge."

Olympique Marseille's latest recruit Payet attends a news conference in MarseillePayet has hit out at West Ham and Bilic in an interview with L'Equipe

Payet's comments have been met with a widespread shrug of the shoulders from Hammers fans.

And they will be pleased to see that the club has issued the perfect response to the brooding Frenchman via well placed Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol.

Solhekol took to Twitter to announce the Hammers' response on Friday: "West Ham bemused by Payet interview today," he said.

"He told them he wanted to leave for family reasons only.

"(The club has said) 'Move on and get on with your life Payet'."

West Ham co chairmans David Sullivan and David Gold before the match'Get on with your life Payet' - West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold

The club and its supporters will be hoping the quick riposte will draw a line under the whole saga which has dominated the headlines for so long this season.

Bilic will feel somewhat betrayed by a player he gave the freedom and stage to prove his quality to the world and get back in the France squad for their memorable run in the European Championships last summer.

But the former Croatia boss will not let it deflect the focus from a strong finish to the current campaign which he has done well to turn around.

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