A West Ham hero for a short amount of time, Dimitri Payet is now a name few dare mention within the Hammers world, such was the displeasure at the way he sought an exit from the club.
The Frenchman’s time at the London club only lasted a year and a half, during which he scored 15 goals and assisted another 23 in 60 games, arriving from Marseille in 2015 before being sold back to them in January 2017.
The now 34-year-old scored some memorable goals during his stint at West Ham, but a falling out led to him seeking a transfer, which was eventually granted to him when the Ligue 1 side agreed to pay £26m to the Premier League club.
His return to the south of France has been mixed depending on the manager, but Jorge Sampaoli has managed to get the best out of him this year, as he has scored seven goals and assisted another four in 13 games across all competitions.
Speaking to the club’s Twitch stream, relayed by Maxifoot, he talked about his eventful transfer back to Marseille.
He said: “Did I hesitate to come back? Not for one second. The idea was in the back of my head after the second game of the Euros, when we played at the Velodrome. It had been in my head for a few months. It was also a family choice. I didn’t hesitate for one second. The most difficult was trying to convince West Ham”.
That eventually is what happened, and everyone has since moved on, with West Ham now battling the big boys at the top of the Premier League, recently beating Liverpool 3-2.