Payet confirms West Ham stay

Dimitri Payet has confirmed he will be at West Ham United next season.

Payet confirms West Ham stay
Above: Dimitri Payet has confirmed that he will be staying at West Ham United | Photo: Sky Sports

France and West Ham United starlet Dimitri Payet has confirmed that he will be staying at the club ahead of the new season.

Staying a hammer

Payet has become a firm favourite among the Hammers faithful sine his move last summer, producing nine goals and 12 assists in the historic final season at the Boleyn Ground.

Payet carried that onto the international stage, producing three goals in seven matches for the Euro 2016 losing finalists France, earning him a place in UEFA's Team of the Tournament.

These performances saw 29-year-old linked with some of Europes top clubs, and despite been flattered by the rumours, Payet has revealed he is happy at West Ham and will be staying with Slaven Bilic's side.

Payet told The Sun: "I've heard about all the interest and I'm flattered" but "I love West Ham" and had a "fantastic season and can't wait to play in the Olympic Stadium."

He continued: "I'm 100 per cent staying at West Ham" and "I love the club" and can tell "the Hammers fans that."

Co-chairman David Sullivan concluded: "He's under contract" and admits there might be "six weeks of silliness when he bangs the table" but "if you believe what he says, he wants to stay."

Above: West Ham United in Europa League action in their 3-0 win over  Lusitans | Photo: BPI/James Marsh
Above: West Ham United in Europa League action in their 3-0 win over Lusitans | Photo: BPI/James Marsh

European escapades

Everyone involved with the club are awaiting the clubs historic introduction at the  Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and everyone will be hoping that they can bring European football to Stratford with the clubs Europa League opponents been announced. 

Bilic's side will enter the third-round of qualifying like last season, and Friday's draw will see them pitted against either Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus, or NK Dom┼żale of Slovenia. The first tie is expected to be played at the end of July, with the return leg at the beginning of August. 

West Ham United will take on FC Slovacko on Tuesday, July 19 with kick-off at 5pm BST.