Dimitri Payet has been key to the rise of West Ham in the Premier League. However, the French international seems to have some issues going on back home and wants out of the club.
Things have gotten nasty, with Payet telling the club he will refuse to play for the first team and manager Slaven Bilic returning the favor by forcing him to train with the U-23 team during this dispute.
Payet is hoping to force a move back home to French club Marseille, but also has angered plenty of Hammers supporters in the way he is going about it all. It appears one supporter has taken things to an unacceptable level, as The Telegraph is reporting someone threw a brick at Payet’s car at his home in Essex.
While idiotic and dangerous, this act also shows the disconnect between the player, supporters and the club. It also shows the growing frustration over a trying season for the club for the supporters at large.
Things have gotten ugly within the club as well, with players excluding Payet from team meetings and activities. His fellow Hammers teammates see his actions as selfish and unprofessional in the way he is going about forcing a potential transfer.
Let’s not forget that Payet had just signed a new five-year deal last February and also cashed in on a £1 million “loyalty bonus” this past September as well.
So, why the move? It appears Payet’s home life is the driving force, as he looks to follow his wife and child back to France, where they have recently returned instead of staying with him in London.
West Ham haven’t been unwilling to listen to his request though, having reached out to Marseille and having been offered £22 million ($27 million) for his transfer. However, the club has valued the 29-year-old at around £40 million and seem unwilling to go as low as Marseille have offered.
Perhaps a deal gets done eventually, but the internal strife has clearly become a public spectacle and the club and player clearly have to come to a resolution of this issue. Otherwise bricks thrown at cars may be an unfortunate situation facing the two sides of this issue.