Dimitri Payet tells West Ham he wants to leave

Bilic revealed on Thursday that Payet is refusing to pull on a West Ham shirt again and wants to leave the club, though they are unwilling to sell the France worldwide.

West Ham United striker Dimitri Payet has asked to leave the club.

Writing in his Evening Standard newspaper column on Friday, Bilic gave more details about the dispute and said Payet would definitely not play against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday. Bilic has boxed the club into a corner by asserting that Payet won't be sold at any price. They handed him a massive contract past year and have attempted to build their team around him. I feel let down, angry, disappointed. I have many times heard the mantra that 'the team is bigger than any individual.' A saying such as this, although often true, means little in theory, but in this case it couldn't be more accurate.

West Ham fans would be forgiven for being slightly miffed at Payet's desire to return to his former club, given he was being linked with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the summer.

The Hammers manager said he was left in no doubt as to the Frenchman's intentions after a meeting with him on Wednesday, but gave him a final opportunity to change his mind before speaking to the press on Thursday morning.

"He won't have agreed terms, his agent will have and the player could say: "I didn't speak to that club". because he isn't allowed but his agent has done the deal". "We want to keep our best players".

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Payet enjoyed a stunning debut season for the East London club following his arrival from Marseille.

Many West Ham fans would like to see emerging young midfield talent Edimilson Fernandes remain in the side and argue he is a better player than Mark Noble.

"You do not have a stop in the middle where half of the team goes out and another half comes in, and you continue your trip".

Despite the apparent stand-off, Bilic insists there is still a way back for Payet. Defoe was crucial in Sunderland's survival last season, and has been influential once again this year with 11 goals and a historic 150th Premier league goal so far.

"In Payet's case, I think it's terrible behaviour".

West Ham have - for whatever reason - struggled to adapt to life at their new Olympic Stadium home and go into the game off the back of three straight defeats in all competitions.