By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Dimitri Payet has revealed it is “very likely” he will still be at West Ham next season.
The France international had an outstanding debut campaign for the Hammers following his transfer from Marseille last summer.
Payet was on the six-man shortlist for the PFA player of the year prize and signed a new five-year contract midway through the campaign that made him the highest paid player in West Ham’s history.
The 29-year-old was also rewarded with a recall to the France squad and has been linked with a big-money move away from the Hammers, despite the new deal he landed in February.
Several clubs have been linked with a swoop Payet, who is currently on international duty in the build-up to Euro 2016, poured cold water on such speculation when asked about his future at a media conference on Saturday.
“Journalists have placed me everywhere,” Payet said as quoted by Four Four Two. “But I currently have no contact [with other clubs] and I signed a very long contract with West Ham. It is very likely that I’ll still be here next season.”
Payet also insisted that he can improve further after a sensational debut campaign in the Premier League.
“It’s true that the last two years have been the best [of my career], but I still hope to progress,” he added to Four Four Two. “You can always learn and I work hard to be able to raise my level.”
In other West Ham news, owner David Sullivan has revealed plans to offload players in order to sign a £30million star.