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Dimi does it again as DG backtracks

Filed: Monday, 4th July 2016
By: Staff Writer

Dimitri Payet was on target again as France breezed into the Euro 16 quarter finals with a comfortable victory against England's conquerors.

The 29-year-old midfielder scored the third of his country's goals - a low drive from the perimeter of the penalty area - as France waltzed into the last four of the competition with a comfortable 5-2 win against European minnows Iceland.

And Payet also played a major part in the final French goal when his wicked, dipping free kick was converted by Arsenal striker Olivier Geroud.

Dimi's latest goal takes him to three for the tournament, just one less than current leading goalscorer Antoine Griezmann. He can now look forward to a semi final clash against Germany in Marseille this Thursday (7 July).

* West Ham's co-owner David Gold had to backtrack this morning after he was quoted in a tabloid newspaper yesterday claiming that it could be "difficult" to retain Payet's services this summer.

"We’ll fight tooth and nail to make sure Dimitri pulls on a claret and blue shirt next season," he told the Sun. "We want to improve our squad and Dimitri is an integral part of what we’re trying to do.

"But we also must be realistic. If Barcelona or Real Madrid made a bid and he wanted to move there, it would be difficult to keep him."

Following criticism from fans on social media since those comments were published, Gold insisted that the club would not entertain any bid for the French star.

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