France international Dimitri Payet has completed his transfer to former club Olympique de Marseille, the club has announced.
The playmaker had joined West Ham from Marseille in the summer of 2015 for £10.7 million. He has, however, agreed a four-and-a-half-year deal at the Stade Velodrome for a fee around £25 million.
During his time at the east London club, Payet was shortlisted for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award following a very impressive Premier League debut season.
The 29-year-old turned down lucrative offers from China to extend his stay in London signing a very lucrative five-and-a-half-year contract.
Dimitri Payet, however, became unsettled in London and refused to play another game for West Ham until he was allowed to return to Marseille.
West Ham at first rejected two bids from the Ligue 1 club but eventually accepted a bid after completing the signing of Robert Snodgrass from Hull City.
West Ham’s co-chairman David Sullivan in a statement released to the club’s website accused Payet of showing a ”lack of respect” to the club and its fans.
”The club would like to place on record its sincere disappointment that Dimitri Payet did not show the same commitment and respect to West Ham United that the club and fans showed him, particularly when it rewarded him with a lucrative new five-and-a-half-year deal only last year,” said Sullivan.
“I would like to make it clear that we have no financial need to sell our best players and that the decision to allow Payet to leave was in accordance with the wishes of the manager and the interests of squad unity. To be frank, my board and I would have preferred for him to have stayed in order to make an example of him, as no player is bigger than the club.”
West Ham United fans have also lashed out on social media referencing the man they once said was better than Zidane to a snake.
Below are a few of the posts.
— Jack Sullivan (@jsullivanwhu) January 29, 2017
Payet speaking to L'equipe: "I am home and I am happier than ever" pic.twitter.com/s5wkShFbiO
— sam (@IwobiFlick) January 29, 2017
Rumour that Dimitri Payet has failed his Marseille medical as doctors failed to find a backbone.
— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) January 29, 2017
— Ethan Payne (@Behzinga) January 28, 2017
Nice of West Ham to pay tribute to Payet when announcing Snodgrass pic.twitter.com/nZf8LXW1qt
— Iuke (@whufcluke_) January 28, 2017
16 – The Reptile House at London Zoo has just offered West Ham £16 million for Dimitri Payet. Snake.
— OptaJoke (@OptaJoke) January 29, 2017