By Dominic Toner
West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has confirmed “100 per cent” that he will be staying at the club for another season.
The Frenchman has been linked with a mega-money transfer this summer on the back of his eyecatching displays for club and country in the last 12 months.
But Payet has dismissed speculation that he could leave and has now pledged his immediate future to West Ham as he aims to continue his rich vein of form.
The playmaker told The Sun: “I’ve heard about all the interest and I’m flattered. But I love West Ham. We had fantastic season and I can’t wait to play in the Olympic Stadium.
“I’m 100 per cent staying at West Ham, I love the club. I can tell the Hammers fans that.”
The news will come as a delight to the West Ham fans who will be hoping their talisman can replicate his form from last year, which earned him a spot on the PFA Player of the Year shortlist.
Payet signed a new five-year contract midway through last campaign and the club’s co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan rated him in the £50million-£100million bracket earlier in the week.
The 29-year-old continued his good form at Euro 2016 with brilliant late goals in both of France’s opening victories and finished as a runner up in the tournament, after an extra-time 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the final.
Payet joined West Ham from Marseille last summer for around £12.5 million, and was integral to the Hammers sensational season, scoring 12 goals and providing 14 assists in all competitions.
Manager Slaven Bilic can now prepare to take the club in to the new league season and European qualification knowing that the French playmaker will certainly be a crucial figure.
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