Jack Sullivan: This is the reason Euro 2016 superstar has been absent
By Alex Taylor
Jack Sullivan, son of West Ham chief David Sullivan, has given an update on Dimitri Payet ahead of the new 2016-17 Premier League season.
The French superstar has been absent from the Hammers after leaving the east London outfit earlier this summer for the European Championships in France.
The forward helped guide his national side to the final of Euro 2016, but missed out on winning the trophy, losing 1-0 to Portugal in extra-time.
The 29-year-old missed out on West Ham’s Europa League win against Domzale on Thursday night alongside fellow first-team stars James Collins and Angelo Ogbonna
“Payet has just come back to train,” Sullivan tweeted. “He has to have a minimum of 3 weeks holiday, and the manager gave his a few days extras as his home”
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Payet has just come back to train. He has to have a minimum of 3 weeks holiday, and The manger gave his a few days extras as his home
— Jack Sullivan (@jsullivanwhu) August 5, 2016
Payet, who will return in time for the start of the club’s new domestic season, was a key figure for West Ham last season and was a nominee for the PFA Player of the Year.
He joined the east London outfit 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.
There had been speculation that Payet could be leaving the club after his impressive form, but he told The Sun that he will 100% being staying at West Ham for the new season.
In other West Ham team news, they have suffered an injury blow as their star player has returned from international duty.