The life and times of Dimitri Payet

dimitri-payet-explique-pourquoi-il-a-choisi-lille_69067West Ham have finally got their man and got him early.

There’s no doubt that the 28 year old is a hugely talented player and set to be a massive favourite in the claret and blue. He comes to the Boleyn with a big reputation and this morning the  Mail carries what they call a “scouting report” on the midfielder.

The paper reports  that Marseille were highly unenthusiastic about selling him and that his representatives had forced the issue.

And it he has a history of forcing through moves to other clubs claiming  he attempted to get a move from St Etienne to Paris Saint-Germain in January 2011 when Chelsea and Liverpool were also showing an interest.

They say Payet didn’t show up for training “to try and engineer the transfer but only succeeded in getting himself dumped in the reserves.”

He had joined St Etienne after handing in a transfer request at Nantes when they were relegated in 2007, getting  a £3m move and a four-year contract at his new club.

payet (1)Born on Reunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean, he joined Le Harve at the age of 12 but later returned home to play in the Reunion Premier League.

He’s considered better at No 10 than anywhere else but is fully capable of playing on both  wings.

He has scored 15 goals in two years for Marseille and only three players – Kevin De Bruyne, Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas – had more assists than him in the top European leagues last season.

He came into his own after Marcelo Bielsa took over as Marseille coach last summer but he’s a fiery individual which the Mail claims he earned as a kid during  his four turbulent years at Le Havre.

When Nantes took him back to the mainland, they insisted on a clause in his contract stipulating that it could be cancelled after six months.

As recently as last December, Bielsa dropped him because of his lack of motivation in training and there was a famous incident when he hit his own captain Blaise Matuidi during an on-the-field altercation in a defeat to Toulouse. He  was subbed and subsequently censured by his club.

In March, he was banned for angrily remonstrating with the match officials as they left the pitch after Marseille had a goal ruled out against Lyon.


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11 comments on “The life and times of Dimitri Payet

  1. Slav will sort out his outbursts,he takes no sh*t.Sure there will now be people wetting their pants about him thinking he is troublesome,lol 😉

  2. Ohh dear… I am so glad this fella is 28 at his arrival. Not because I think he has matured, but because he probably is too
    old to get the top 5 clubs interested, if he proves to be what they say he is.

    Maybe Slav can mould him into a new Di Canio??

  3. He will be fine,though im sure this report will throw wetpants into turmoil.Doom & Gloom.Com 😉

  4. More anti WestHam from the Daily Fail, it’s readers probably carry the highest suicide rate in the country, wouldn’t surprise me if an annual subscription comes with a free length of rope

  5. I hope he’ll wear the glorious n° 4 shirt… the shirt reserved for the stars… lol

  6. We need a little fiery guy in the team.Didnt do Di Canio any harm in an Irons shirt being a total lunatic 😀

    • lol, so true.. we seem to love a nutter in the side, players like Mad Dog & Dicks are always very popular

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