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Payet: the love affair continues

Filed: Friday, 12th February 2016
By: Staff Writer

Dimitri Payet says that he has signed a new contract with West Ham as he believes the club has the potential to challenge the elite.

The 28-year-old midfielder put pen to paper on a lucrative new five-and-a-half year contract earlier this week, a deal that makes him the club's highest-paid player and the first ever to earn a seven-figure weekly wage.

And talking about his new contract, signed just seven months after he joined the club in a £10.5million switch from Marseille, Payet explained that he was delighted to secure his future with the move to the Olympic Stadium on the horizon.

"West Ham has the means to achieve its ambitions," he told West Ham's website. "To have the new stadium is good and in order to grow the club must keep its best players - and that's why it was no problem to sign a new contract.

"The club really wants to keep its best players and arrive at the new stadium next season with a competitive team. I think West Ham have everything they need to become a big club. It'll take time, but we're conscious of that and all want to help the club grow."

Payet has been linked with a move to the emerging Chinese Super League prior to signing a new deal with West Ham. And he hopes that his new deal illustrates his desire to both remain at and succeed as a Hammer.

"I think this is the best way of showing them [the fans] that all the rumours and things that have been said about me in recent days were not true," he added. "Hopefully today is going to silence those rumours.

"I didn't think I'd adapt so quickly and so well [at West Ham]. Fortunately it's happened that way and that's for the better, because it's always complicated to adapt to a new club. Now I feel very good here and I want to stay."

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