Cape Town - Dimitri Payet says he knows full well how to get what he wants, by acting like a "d**khead" in order to be heard.
The 30-year-old French international secured his exit from West Ham United in January after just 18 months at the club, handing in a transfer request and then refusing to train with his team.
He says he acted poorly to fast track his departure, to return to former club Marseille.
Speaking to So Foot, the former AS Excelsior, Nantes, Saint-Étienne and Lille midfielder said: "I know how to be a d**khead.
“It’s one of my specialties. It’s a little game. When I want to p*ss everyone off, I do it.
“My managers understood that: when I sulk, they talk to me. It’s a way for me to be heard. Those who know me play along, and in the end it goes well.”
On his relationship with Slaven Bilic, he added: "He managed me like a father,” he added. “We spoke every day. He quickly understood how I worked.
“You saw that straight away in how quickly I adapted. He’s a cranky guy. He’s from Croatia… he can shout, but he’s good at man-management.”