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Noble reveals contact with Payet over West Ham exit, shares what playmaker has said

By Alex Taylor

West Ham captain Mark Noble is confident the club will retain the services of Dimitri Payet despite a wealth of interest from abroad.

The Express claim that European big-hitters Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are keen on signing the 29-year-old playmaker this summer.

But Noble is convinced that Payet is committed to West Ham and will be back at the club for a second season following Euro 2016.

“I think he will do,” Noble said when asked by Sky Sports if Payet would stay. “I’ve been in a lot of contact with him over the summer and he loves the football club.

“Football is football, so you never know, but obviously we’d all like to see him back here in the summer.”

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Payet arrived at West Ham last summer for £11million and lit up the Premier League to such an extent that he signed an improved contract in February that made him the best-paid player in the club’s history.

The France international has scored 12 times in just 38 games in all competitions this season including an array of high quality free kicks; most notably against Manchester United the in FA Cup and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

He has continued that form for his country at Euro 2016, scoring two goals in three matches and emerging as the team’s star player ahead of Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann.

In other West Ham news, Hammers owner David Gold believes that four of his players would not qualify for a work permit if Britain were not a part of the European Union.