Dimi Payet is among those who don’t believe he can yet be counted as a West Ham legend but he clearly hopes he can become one.
Payet has been talking to L’Equipe and believes he has reached the pinnacle of his time in the game saying: “It is the best season of my career, carrying on what I was doing last season with Marseille but here it is seen more because it is the Premier League. And I have been able to reproduce it for the national team. I am making the most of it.
“But I don’t know if you can talk about being a legend after only a few months.
“When you know the legends that there are at this club such as Moore, Tevez, Di Canio – It is flattering but I still have a lot to do to arrive even close to their level.”
He sees the love of the fans daily with scarves and shirts adorned with his name and image.
He said: “I have seen that there are a lot of things with my face – it is really nice, it is really touching,” he said.
“I know how much they support their club and the extent they show me love every day. I cannot thank them enough. It is something extraordinary. I have worked a lot for that. That it has all paid off is even better for me and my team. I am enjoying every moment of it.”
West Ham fans can’t hold back “We’ve got Payet” chant during awards.
Tomorrow against Swansea and then Tuesday will be West Ham’s final two matches at Upton Park before the summer move to the Olympic Stadium.
“I have already experienced that twice (at Lille and Marseille),” Payet said. “A new stadium for a club is a big step. West Ham wants to grow with a new stadium of 60,000 seats which is already nearly sold out.”
Co-owner David Sullivan said: “Imagine what we will be able to do with him (Payet) at the Olympic Stadium next year.”