Filed: Friday, 10th March 2017
By: Staff Writer
Dimitri Payet has slammed West Ham's tactical approach during his final few months at the club, whilst claiming that he was "bored".
The 29-year-old French international returned to Marseille in January in a £25m deal. But whilst he refused to comment on West Ham at the time of his departure, he certainly has plenty to sat now.
"Some people didn't understood my urgent need to leave West Ham in January," he told L'Equipe. "I didn't want to play the last few matches in the Premier League.
"We did not like the way we approached the matches, the defensive system that was put in place. With a 5-4-1 formation I could have all the freedom of the world, but it was complicated to express myself."
And Payet specifically cited the 1-0 win against Hill City in December as the game that determined his decision to request a transfer.
"We won 1-0 and in the changing room, everyone was happy - even though the man of the match that day had been the post," he said. "I felt I did not have any room for improvement. On the contrary, I was in danger of regressing. I needed a new challenge."
Seemingly oblivious to the fact that he was providing evidence of being 'tapped up' by his new club, Payet also revealed that he had been in touch with L'OM boss Rudi Garcia for some considerable time prior to making a transfer request.
"I was bothered and yes, I went through the matches without taking any pleasure. I had contact with L'OM and especially with Rudi Garcia, who has a philosophy that I know well. The decision has to be made quickly. If I waited six months, I would lose six months.
"I warned West Ham I was going to do it and maybe they did not take me seriously. I told them that I would suffer the consequences of my actions. Slaven Bilic knew that I had desires elsewhere as we had discussed it at the beginning of the season, when I returned from the Euros.
"The club closed the door. I respected that choice. But the sporting situation has worsened ad in Jn January, I told him I wanted to go."
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