Dimitri Payet Biography
Dimitri Payet was born 29 March 1987, he is a French professional footballer who plays for Ligue 1 club Olympique de Marseille and the France national team. A set-piece specialist, known for his accurate, bending free kicks, he primarily plays as an attacking midfielder, and is described as a player who is “blessed with terrific technique and dribbling skills”.
Payet was born on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean, where he began his career playing for local clubs Saint-Philippe and Saint-Pierroise. In 1999, he moved to metropolitan France, joining Le Havre. Payet spent four years at the club before returning home to spend two years playing for AS Excelsior in the Réunion Premier League. In 2005, he joined FC Nantes and, after a successful 2006–07 season, joined AS Saint-Étienne on a four-year contract.
With Saint-Étienne, Payet played in European competition for the first time after featuring in the 2008–09 edition of the UEFA Europa League. In the 2010–11 season, he won the UNFP Player of the Month award for September after scoring three goals and helping Saint-Étienne reach first place in the league table.
Following the season, in June 2011, Payet joined the defending champions Lille signing a four-year contract. He had two years there and a further two at Olympique de Marseille before moving abroad to join West Ham United. In 2017 he moved back to France to join his old team, Marseille.
Payet is a French international. From 2007 to 2008, he represented his country at under-21 level, making eleven appearances and scoring four goals. In 2010, he was called up to the senior team by manager Laurent Blanc for the first time. Payet made his international debut on 9 October 2010 in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Romania, appearing as a substitute. He was a member of the French squad that reached the final of UEFA Euro 2016.
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Payet was born in Saint-Pierre on 29 March 1987 on the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean and began his career at local club AS Saint-Philippe. While at the club as a youth, he was described by coaches as “a kid who stood out from his comrades” and, after three years of development training, moved to one of the best clubs on the island, JS Saint-Pierroise.
After only a year at Saint-Pierroise, Payet was signed by professional club Le Havre in metropolitan France, with whom his club shared a mutual partnership. Le Havre also recruited former Saint-Pierroise players Florent Sinama Pongolle and Guillaume Hoarau during this period.
While at Le Havre, Payet endured a tumultuous four years. While training at the club, he was accused of having a difficult character and displaying a lack of motivation. The accusations ultimately led to his departure in 2003 as Payet returned to Réunion to sign with AS Excelsior.
He spent only a year and a half at Excelsior playing in the Réunion Premier League before being signed in January 2005 by Nantes who sought to give the player another opportunity to prove himself on the mainland. Payet signed a two-year amateur deal with the club; however, Nantes were given the option of terminating the contract after six months.
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On 26 June 2015, Payet joined Premier League club West Ham United on a five-year contract, with the option for an extra 12 months. The transfer fee West Ham paid to Marseille was reported to be £10.7 million. Payet had not intended to leave Marseille in the summer of 2015. Rather, his sale was subject to Marseille’s concern with financial stability after the sale of players such as Florian Thauvin and Giannelli Imbula had stalled.
On 9 August, he made his Premier League debut against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and provided the free kick assist for Cheikhou Kouyaté to head in the opening goal of a 2–0 win. Six days later, he scored his first goal for the team, albeit in a 1–2 home defeat to Leicester City.
Payet scored twice against Newcastle in a 2–0 win at the Boleyn Ground on 14 September. On 9 November, he was ruled out with an injury for an estimated three months after damaging his ankle in a tough challenge from Everton’s James McCarthy in a 1–1 home draw on 7 November.
He scored his first goal from his return from injury in a 3–1 comeback win against AFC Bournemouth on 12 January 2016, equalising with a curling hit free-kick that went in off the underside of the crossbar, which was praised by several pundits. His Man of the Match performance received a standing ovation from West Ham fans as he was substituted in the 78th minute for Alex Song.
In February 2016, Payet signed a new five-and-a-half year contract with West Ham that would pay him £125,000 a week, committing him to the club until the summer of 2021. That March, Payet was named the Premier League Player of the Year at the 2016 London Football Awards. On 13 March, he scored a free kick, described by some journalists as “sublime” and “spectacular”, from 35 yards (32 m) as West Ham drew 1–1 at Old Trafford against Manchester United in an FA Cup quarter-final.
Following an outstanding first season in English football, Payet was shortlisted by the Premier League for the 2016 PFA Players’ Player of the Year Award. In May 2016, Payet became the 38th recipient of the West Ham United Player of the Year award.
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Dimitri Payet Transfer
Return to Marseille
After the takeover by American businessman Frank McCourt, Marseille introduced their “OM Champions” Project, one that would be fueled by a new influx of talent. This was put to fruition, with the club’s purchase of the likes of Morgan Sanson and Patrice Evra. However, both the coaching staff and the Marseille board had been keen on bringing Payet back to the club since the beginning of 2017 January transfer window.
On 12 January 2017, West Ham United manager Slaven Bilić announced that Payet no longer wanted to play for the club. He then did not feature at all in the matchday squad on 14 January, despite no reported injuries.
At the London Stadium on that matchday, a mural installed in tribute to Payet winning Player of the Year was guarded by security in order to “prevent it being vandalised”. Payet was subsequently the subject of two bids from his previous club Marseille which were both rejected by West Ham. They stated that they did not want to sell the player, but would prefer him to apologise to fans and continue playing for the club.
On 29 January, West Ham accepted an offer of £25 million from Marseille for the transfer of Payet. The day after Payet completed his move to Marseille, his mural at the London Stadium was removed and replaced with one to commemorate Andy Carroll’s bicycle kick goal against Crystal Palace scored earlier in the month.
Payet made his second Marseille début in a 2016–17 Coupe de France clash with Olympique Lyonnais on 31 January 2017, appearing as a substitute in extra time at the Stade Vélodrome as his new club won 2–1. On 8 February, Payet scored his first goal since returning to OM in a 2–0 home victory over Guingamp.
On 3 May 2018, he played in the Europa League semi-finals away to FC Red Bull Salzburg as Marseilles played out a 1–2 away loss but a 3–2 aggregate win to secure a place in the 2018 UEFA Europa League Final which will be played at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu, Lyon, France on 16 May 2018, versus Atletico Madrid.
During the UEFA Europa League Final, Payet suffered an injury and was substituted on the 31st minute of the first half, complicating his chances to be included in France’s squad for the 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup.
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James Collins posts sly dig at former West Ham teammate Dimitri Payet on Instagram
HITC – 25th June, 2018
Former West Ham United defender James Collins has posted a picture on Instagram alongside former Hammers teammate Dimitri Payet, along with a sly dig at the Frenchman with his captain: “Don’t mention loyalty”.
Collins, who turns 35 in August, is enjoying his time off after being released by West Ham following the final game of the 2017-18 campaign – despite fans desperate for the Welshman to remain at the London Stadium.
Since his departure, the club have brought in young powerhouse Issa Diop from French Ligue 1 side Toulouse for a fee believed to be in the region of £25million.
Collins posted on Instagram a picture on Instagram alongside Payet, who left the Hammers back in January 2017 after finally pushing through a move to leave the club and rejoin Marseille.
The veteran defender told fans not “mention loyalty” as he posed with Payet, with the attacking midfielder still despised by fans for leaving the club in such a manner.
Payet was supposed to be a part of France’s World Cup squad this summer in Russia, but he suffered an injury during Marseille’s Europa League final loss to Atletico Madrid.