West Ham Release Brutally Honest Club Statement After Dimitri Payet Moves To Marseille
Hours after David Sullivan's son Jack won over Twitter with a post about Dimitri Payet's departure, West Ham have released an official statement on the club's website, and its brutal honesty is actually quite refreshing.
West Ham chairman David Sullivan has now expressed his disappointed over the transfer of Payet, mentioning a lack of 'respect and commitment' towards the end of his time with West Ham.
As well as telling manager Slaven Bilic that he didn't want to play for the club, Payet refused to play for the Under 23 squad last week, and it seems that was the last straw for Sullivan and co.
The Hammers finally accepted a £25 million bid from the Ligue 1 side after weeks of speculation surrounding the player's future.
West Ham's official statement read:
"The Club would like to place on record its sincere disappointment that Dimitri Payet did not show the same commitment and respect to West Ham United that the Club and fans showed him, particularly when it rewarded him with a lucrative new five-and-half-year deal only last year.
"I would like to make it clear that we have no financial need to sell our best players and that the decision to allow Payet to leave was in accordance with the wishes of the manager and the interests of squad unity. To be frank, my Board and I would have preferred for him to have stayed in order to make an example of him, as no player is bigger than the club.
"I am confident that with the quality of the players we have brought in during January already, the squad will be stronger at the end of this transfer window than it was at the start.
"We now look forward to building on our recent good run of form with five league wins in the last seven matches as we focus on continuing our rise up the Premier League table."
It is being reported that Payet has taken a £25,000-a-week pay-cut to join his former club.
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