Dimitri Payet will stay at West Ham next season and is “happy in London” according to his agent, despite interest from both Real Madrid and Inter Milan.
Payet, who is preparing for France’s Euro 2016 quarter-final against Iceland on Sunday, joined the Hammers in a bargain £10.7million switch from Marseille last summer, with his form over the last 12 months sending his valuation rocketing towards the £60million bracket.
But with the player signing an improved contract in February worth an estimated £125,000 a week which is due to expire in 2021, the player’s agent says the TEAMtalk Soccers Signing of the Season winner is more than happy to stay with the Hammers.
Speaking to The Guardian, Payet’s long-term adviser, Jacques-Olivier Auguste, said: “He has a great contract with West Ham so I cannot see him leaving. Dimitri is happy in London,” he said. “You never know in football but only West Ham know what price they want if they decide to sell him.”
Inter became the latest club to express an interest in Payet on Wednesday after they were taken over by the Chinese conglomerate Suning Commerce Group.
“As a fan, I would love to see Payet in an Inter shirt,” said the honorary president Massimo Moratti. “However, the great champions are currently elusive, you have to be lucky enough to find the right opportunity. We are missing two to three players to be competitive. The important thing is to have solid players that ensure continuity.”