France exile is ‘unjust’, says Dimitri Payet

Date published: Tuesday 13th October 2015 12:33

Dimitri Payet: In good form for West Ham

West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet says he has “yet to come to terms with the injustice” of being exiled from the France squad.

The 28-year-old has once again blasted France coach Didier Deschamps and labelled his exclusion from the Les Bleus squad an “injustice”.

The forward-thinking midfielder has scored four times in eight Premier League appearances and has been in sparkling form for the Hammers since his £10.7million move from Marseille in the summer.

But 15-cap Payet is struggling to come terms with his exclusion from Deschamps’ thinking and he has not played for his country since appearing in the 1-0 defeat to Albania in June.

He told L’Equipe: “I feel as if it is an injustice. It is more than a year now that I am in the best form of my career, even if I can still get better. So, for me, it is unjust not to be in the France squad.

“I do not understand what is expected of me. But not to be called up for France does not stop me from living.

“Even if I think about it, I am not in front of the TV waiting for the list. I am in a dream today in England. The national team, if it will only make me unhappy, then I do not want it.

“Perhaps it is my fault because I have not done what is expected of me, but maybe there is more to it. He [Deschamps] has the choice to make, he thinks about the group as a whole.

Forced out at Marseille

“That is what perhaps I reproach myself with today. I hear the sounds that say I wouldn’t look good in the team. Good. You have to take me as I am.

“If you ask all my coaches, I don’t think they will tell you: ‘Dimitri, he is an idiot.’ The thing that I haven’t yet come to terms with is the injustice.”

Payet also suggested that he had been forced to leave Ligue 1 giants Marseille and move to West Ham in the transfer window.

“At the end, yes,” Payet added. “The president said that I was not going to be leaving. I was part of a list of players that [coach] Marcelo Bielsa wanted to keep.”

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