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Payet Returns To Marseille

Dimitri Payet completed his long awaited £25 million move back to Marseille on Sunday night, after an eighteen month stint with West Ham for whom he ended up refusing to play.

The 29-year-old went on strike earlier this month to force through a return to the Ligue 1 club after becoming homesick and wishing to follow his wife and children back to France.

Payet had an exceptional year with the Hammers and just last February signed a new five and a half year contract with the East London club, worth £125,00 a week.

But then the Frenchman became unhappy in England and longed to return to his homeland something he insists he doesn’t need to justify.

Club co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan did not want to part with last season’s player of the year, but were forced to eventually consider his move in the interest of the whole squad.

On Sunday Payet tweeted a photo of a private plane with the caption “I’m coming home” and during the evening, Marseille shared a snapchat video of Payet undergoing his medical.

Sullivan has said he wanted Payet to stay to make an example of him. The joint chairman released a statement expressing his disappointment of the France international’s conduct.

He said: ‘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-half-year deal only last year.

‘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.

‘I am confident that with the quality of the players we have brought in during January already, the squad will be stronger at the end of this transfer window than it was at the start.

‘We now look forward to building on our recent good run of form with five league wins in the last seven matches as we focus on continuing our rise up the Premier League table.’

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