Slaven Bilic has sent an assurance that after swapping texts with Dimi Payet the club’s maestro midfielder is “happy – our player.”
Speaking to the Daily Mail he said: “As a club manager, when you have a player involved there is added interest and there is no doubt Dimitri Payet has been one of the stars of the tournament.
“I understand that with his success, all the speculation about his future will follow. I have even seen one report suggesting I don’t want him to do well in case it leads to him leaving West Ham.
“That is not right. I want him to play great. I want him to score a hat-trick and another hat-trick in the final.
“I know then that the giant clubs will come but I would love him to stay at West Ham. We have texted each other over the last three weeks and he is happy at the club. He is our player.”