Slaven Bilic says that West Ham will do everything they can to keep Dimitri Payet at the club.
West Ham would be several different types of buggered without Payet, but Bilic is confident of holding onto his star player.
“We do not want to sell him – he is our top player,” Bilic said.
“We said the same the last window and now all the speculation starts again.
“He’s got a contract with us, a long contract and I’ll say what I always say: we don’t want to sell him.
“West Ham have given a strong statement that we want to keep our best player. You can’t stop speculation; great players always attract attention when the window comes.
“We always knew this would happen, that there would be stories, rumours in the media. This is why it’s important for the club to say this, but it’s nothing new.”
“I’ve spoken to Dimi a few times and I know what these interviews are like. When I was a player I had them too and if you don’t say ‘no way’ [when you are asked if you would consider a transfer] it doesn’t mean you aren’t committed.
“There’s nothing wrong in saying he misses the Champions League. He’s training hard, he knows that we want him to stay, he has status here. On the other hand he’s very ambitions and that’s why he’s a great player.
He wants to compete with the best but he is competing with best because he is playing in the Premier League.”
Has that convinced you, West Ham fans?
SB: "We do not want to sell @dimpayet17 and he is a great player. He has a contract and we will do everything to make sure he stays with us.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 22, 2016