Dimitri Payet: 'I was bored at West Ham

"I figured I would not have any room for improvement".

The player himself said he wanted to make the move for personal reasons, but - in an interview with L'Equipe - Payet has now revealed that the poor nature of the team's play was also a contributing factor. "The day they told me no, and that it was definitive, I responded to them by saying I would no longer play with West Ham".

"I'm a little surprised, but I'm not anxious about it", Passi, who was assistant coach to Marcelo Bielsa at OM before eventually taking charge of the first team outright, said. You could say that I was pissed off, yes.

"I had had contact with Marseille and most notably with Rudi Garcia, who had a philosophy that I knew well". On the contrary, I risked going backwards. The choice was quickly made. "I need another challenge".

Asked if he felt it was necessary to take a firm stance with West Ham in order to seal a move away, Payet said: "I'd warned them I was going to do it and perhaps they didn't take me seriously. If I waited six months I would lose six months".

They hated me as much as they'd loved me.

"In January, I told them I wanted to go to Marseille and nowhere else".

"I had a showdown with Saint-Etienne [in January 2011], and we all know about the people of Etienne". When you announce you want €100m, if there had been clubs interested, the negotiations would not have gone very far.

Payet feels that the response was natural as he was a fan favourite at West Ham for 18 months and says that he has nothing but respect for the Hammers fans, despite the method of his departure.

He pointed out 14 players had left and ten had been brought in last summer, including Florian Thauvin, Bafetimbi Gomis and Clinton Njie.

However, the Hammers have managed to turn their form around and just one defeat from their last four Premier League games has helped the club climb to 11th position.

  • Julie Sanders