During the summer transfer window there were a lot of rumours surrounding the future of Hammers talisman, Dimitri Payet. After a scintillating summer showing for France at the Euros, no one thought West Ham could pull off the impossible and actually keep hold of their prised asset.
Half-way through the new season West Ham have endured a torrid time, with Payet seemingly unable to show some of the same flashes of brilliance West Ham fans are used too.
Whether that be related to getting his potential 'dream move' to Real Madrid or not, Payet definitely seems to be struggling to play with a team lacking any real firepower.
It hasn't taken long for the rumours to start flying once more, when quoted back in November saying he could potentially see a way out of West Ham, however as of yet he hasn't asked himself the question.
But could it take an old club to lure the Frenchman's heart?
In an interview with SFR Sport this past weekend Payet told reporters;
"I am not closing the door to anything. Marseille have a new project which seems interesting,"
"Aside from that, we are obviously waiting to see the first few things that the new owners do, but Marseille knows how attached I am to the club."
"When I talk about it, I say the best possible things, because that is what I think, so why not."
It's interesting to see Payet talk about Marseille as a 'project,' something that was mentioned only a year ago as the real reason behind him joining The Hammers.
Although understandably home is where the heart is, it's a constant distraction and reminder that Payet could leave at any time.
What I'm struggling to understand though, is how he finds himself exempt from criticism each and every time an interview takes place?
At the moment he's a West Ham player and should continue to conduct himself in such a manner until stated otherwise, his focus should be solely on helping the team win and not the exterior comments surrounding him.
Only time will tell with Dimitri's future, but for our sake I hope it's a positive outcome. However I feel should more of the same carry on, he could find himself in hot water with the West Ham faithful sooner, rather than later.