Bilic fires warning to Payet suitors: ‘He is our player’

Date published: Thursday 7th July 2016 10:08

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Slaven Bilic is confident West Ham can hang onto star midfielder Dimitri Payet after his brilliant performances at this summer’s European Championship.

Payet has scored three goals to help host nation France reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016, where they will face Germany on Thursday night.

The 29-year-old was in incredible form last season too, as his nine goals and 12 assists guided West Ham to a seventh-place finish in the Premier League.

That form has seen speculation linking him with moves to Real Madrid, Chelsea, PSG and Manchester City, but Bilic believes Payet is happy in east London.

“As a club manager, when you have a player involved there is added interest and there is no doubt Dimitri Payet has been one of the stars of the tournament,” Bilic wrote for the Daily Mail.

“I understand that with his success, all the speculation about his future will follow. I have even seen one report suggesting I don’t want him to do well in case it leads to him leaving West Ham. That is not right. I want him to play great. I want him to score a hat-trick and another hat-trick in the final.

“I know then that the giant clubs will come but I would love him to stay at West Ham. We have texted each other over the last three weeks and he is happy at the club. He is our player.”

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