West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has remained adamant on his stance that French international and Hammers’ starman Dimitri Payet will not be leaving the club despite continuous transfer links.
Payet who has been a standout performer for West Ham since joining the West London club last season has been linked with a move away from the club following their slow first half of the Premier League.
Speaking after his side’s’ two-nil loss to Manchester United on Monday via Goal.com, the West Ham manager insisted that West Ham will not part with Payet.
“We said that he started the season and we are moving up and forward, and we want to keep our best players.
“He is definitely our best player and we want to keep him. He’s playing well, playing good. Recently he’s playing really good. He worked really hard today.”
The 29-year-old who signed a new five-year deal with the Hammers in February has been heavily linked with a return to Ligue 1 and is reportedly being targeted by Manchester United as Jose Mourinho looks to get the Red Devils amongst the top four.
Despite all of this, the Hammers boss is adamant that Payet will remain at the London Stadium.
With two goals and six assists so far this Premier League season, there is no doubt that Bilic has the Frenchman at the forefront of his future plans, while he was substituted against United, Bilic has praised the midfielder for his dedication and work-rate for the side.
“He showed his quality and energy for the team. He had to defend a lot, very deep against Antonio Valencia. He doesn’t look troubled by the speculation.
“Don’t forget we put in this amount of energy two days after a game.”
With the transfer window open, Payet will be heavily monitored by suitors, although West Ham will be desperate to keep their talisman as they begin their climb up the Premier League table.
West Ham’s next challenge sees them pitted against Manchester City in the third round of the FA Cup and Bilic will be hoping his star man can show his brilliance once again.