West Ham United's Dimitri Payet applauds fans
Dimitri Payet is long gone from West Ham, with the club rocked by his dramatic January exit as he returned to former club Marseille.
Fans and owners were left stunned by the Frenchman pushing to quit the club, especially after his show of commitment by signing a new contract 12 months earlier.
Even just last March, Payet was professing his love for life at West Ham.
Payet... now at Marseille
On this day in 2016, Payet was quoted by the Daily Mail: "It’s such an exciting time to be at West Ham.
"We are going well and dreaming of big things.
“There is the new stadium. It’s amazing — magnifique.
"It will be an amazing place to play football, there is so much optimism surrounding the club at the moment. I am enjoying myself."
Payet's optimism was clearly short lived.
Was it West Ham's failure to sign top class players in the summer? Or did the stadium simply not live up to his lofty expectations?
Perhaps he really was homesick for life in Marseille, but 12 months ago he certainly wasn't giving any indication of this being the case last March.
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