West Ham owner has no plans to sell Payet

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Dimitri Payet hinted last week that he has no idea what January could bring, but West Ham’s owner thinks it’s a certainly that Payet’s not going anywhere.

The French wizard has transformed West Ham’s attack since arriving from Marseille last year, but the Irons were bounced from the Europa League at the qualification stage and seem very unlikely to challenge for a Champions League place this season.

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That’s led to talk of Payet skipping town, and the midfielder told Telefoot that he’s “closed the door to nothing” after the club’s difficult start. West Ham sits 17th in the Premier League, 13 points off the Top Four.

Here’s what Sullivan said, after praising Payet’s form and attitude, via Sky Sports:

“Dimi signed a new long-term contract in February, pledging his future to this club, and it is very much our intention that he remains with us for years to come.”

It’ll be hard for West Ham to keep Payet if results don’t improve dramatically, but picking up some wins would hold the dual bonus of picking up points while depriving big name rivals.

The Irons next face Spurs, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool. Yes, in a row, and only Arsenal is at home. Given the relative struggles at the Olympic Stadium, maybe that’s a good thing.