David Gold: West Ham star could return in time for Chelsea game
By Dominic Toner
West Ham’s joint chairman David Gold has revealed on Twitter that Dimitri Payet could feature against Chelsea.
The Hammers kick off their Premier League campaign on Monday, 15 August with a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Antonio Conte’s new Chelsea team and have been handed a huge boost, as their playmaker is set to make an appearance.
Gold has handed the club’s supporters a huge boost with the welcome news that Payet will make the short trip to West London.
He announced on his personal Twitter account that the Frenchman will also be on the bench for the club’s pre season game against Juventus on Sunday.
Payet could be on the bench tomorrow and has a good chance of playing a part against Chelsea. dg pic.twitter.com/TYpDNYK1G8
— David Gold (@davidgold) August 6, 2016
Talisman Payet told The Sun that he will 100% be staying at the club for the new season despite speculation that he could be leaving.
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West Ham have already begun their competitive season due to their European commitments and progressed past NK Domzale 4-2 on aggregate to reach the next stage of the Europa League.
Payet is yet to play a game in the pre-season and was handed an extended summer break following his commitments for France this summer.
Jack Sullivan, son of West Ham chief David Sullivan, explained that Payet was given a minimum of three weeks holiday before returning to training.
The 29-year-old starred for the hosts at Euro 2016 with brilliant late goals in both of his national side’s opening victories and finished as a runner up in the tournament, after an extra-time 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the final.
Midfielder Dimitri Payet was a key figure for West Ham last season and was a nominee for the PFA Player of the Year.
He joined West Ham from Marseille last summer for around £12.5million and was integral to the Hammers sensational season, scoring 12 goals and providing 14 assists in all competitions.
West Ham secured a seventh-placed finish in the Premier League season and a place in the Europa League qualifying rounds.
Manager Bilic will be aiming to improve this season as the Hammers enter their first year of football at the Olympic Stadium.
In other West Ham team news, they have completed a second major move after the Olympic Stadium arrival.