By now, we all know that Dimiti Payet, the man once loved by the club and us supporters, has announced that he wants to leave and is refusing to play. Manager Slaven Bilic has said that despite Payet wanting out and refusing to play, the club will not sell him. In fact, the club has already turned down an offer from Marseille, where Payet last played before he came to West Ham. But Payet seems to have put his foot down, and he is refusing to play for the club. It looks like we have seen the last of Dimitri Payet in claret and blue, right?
I wouldn’t be so sure.
This isn’t the first time this has happened under Slaven Bilic. Last season, Alex Song and Bilic had a falling out, and Song disappeared from the squad. When Bilic first came to the club, he found that Morgan Amalfitano had a bad attitude, and he cancelled his contract. Even earlier this season, it was set in stone that Diafra Sakho was going to leave the club, but he wasn’t in good shape. Bilic refused to sell him until he got match fit, and sure enough, he did and found himself back in the squad. He even scored the first goal that West Ham got from a striker this season with his header against Manchester United. Bilic isn’t new to this type of behavior with West Ham, and he’s only been here a year and a half.
Bilic and the club have spoken. Dimitri Payet is not going to be sold. It’s very possible that this is all a front, and the club will eventually sell Payet by the end of the month. I don’t buy it. Slaven Bilic has not lost these battles in his time at West Ham.
West Ham will not sell Payet. At least in this transfer window. Eventually, Payet will realize that the longer he sits out and the more he is fined, it won’t be worth it to refuse to play. He will return to the lineup and finish the season with the Irons, before eventually being sold in the summer.
Dimitri Payet’s days in East London are not done just yet, but the break up is definitely coming.
When that day comes, it is “Goodbye” and, unfortunately, “Good Riddance” to Dimitri Payet.