English Premiership

Payet refuses to rule out potential move

2016-12-20 13:41
Dimitri Payet (Getty Images)

London - Dimitri Payet has admitted that if West Ham's situation doesn't improve he may have to consider a future away from the club.

The 29-year-old former Saint-Etienne, Lille and Marseille play-maker insists that while he is currently happy where he is, he won't rule out a move where European football is on offer.

Reports of Arsenal being keen on the Frenchman appear someway off the mark, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger recently revealing he had a chance to sign Payet before the Hammers.

Payet told RMC: "I'm in a fight with my club and I'm giving everything for them, to get out of this difficult situation, but I'm not closing the door to anything.

"I miss the Champions League... I've got some great years ahead of me and I want to enjoy them by playing in important competitions."

He added: "I read that Wenger considers me the missing piece of the Arsenal's game, but he's never told me that!

"We conceded five or six at home against them. When you see them playing, as a technical player, you could only have fun in that team. They're candidates for the title every year."

West Ham are struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League standings after a poor start to the season, with Payet adding: "The situation at the club affects me, but I'm an ambitious person."

Although he did insist he will not leave the club in the lurch when he does depart.

"If I'm forced to leave West Ham, it will be done according to the rules - the club will have its share of the cake.

"My coach understands that today's situation does not suit me. I will ask the questions at the right time."

West Ham next travel to the Liberty Stadium where they will face a struggling Swansea City side who will be looking to drag themselves out of the relegation zone.

Kick off is at 17:00.

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