Dimitri Payet’s rocky departure from West Ham to Marseille finally reached its completion overnight.
The 29 year old Frenchman has gone from hero to zero in a matter of weeks. Payet gave West Ham the ultimatum: Either sell him in the January transfer window, or risk leaving a disconsolate player on the sidelines.
After two failed bids of £19m and £20m, West Ham finally agreed to let Payet return to his former club for £25 million.
The Hammers announced Payet’s exit on Twitter this morning, resulting in a whirlwind of abuse from fans. West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan shared his disappointment over Payet’s behavior towards the club.
“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,” said Sullivan.
“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.”
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 29, 2017
TOO SOON? ‘WE’RE GOING HOME
On rentre à la maison pic.twitter.com/AcwO3FChYt
— Dimitri Payet (@dimpayet17) January 29, 2017