English Premiership

'Keeping Payet will be tough'

2016-07-04 12:40
Dimitri Payet (Getty Images)

Cape Town - West Ham United co-owner David Gold admits that while the club is dreading a Barcelona or Real Madrid offer for Dimitri Payet, they will make a good profit on the sale.

Gold is well aware that Payet's extraordinary performances in the European Championship, along with last season's Premiership form makes him a prime target for high-profile clubs who can afford to spend what the club asks for.

The Hammers will be especially keen to keep hold of the 29-year old playmaker since the 2016/17 season sees the return of European football to the Boleyn Ground in the form of the Europa League.

"We'll fight tooth and nail to make sure Dimitri pulls on a claret and blue shirt next season," Gold told The Sun.

"We want to improve our squad and Dimitri is an integral part of what we're trying to do. But we also must be realistic.

"If Barcelona or Real Madrid made a bid and he wanted to move there, it would be difficult to keep him.

"But the phone has not rung yet — although we know there's a chance it will once the tournament [Euro 2016] is over. We're not silly. Yet, let me be very clear, we would not welcome a call.

"The club certainly doesn’t need to sell him so this is not a case of, 'we’ve bought him for £10m and can now make a tidy profit'."


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.