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Why I Returned To Marseille – Dimitri Payet

Former West Ham star, Dmitri Payet has revealed the main reason he rejoined Marseille.

According to him, he said he needed to “return to his roots” at his former club.

The 29-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Ligue 1 club.

He said: “I lived an exceptional year at West Ham, I have a great memory of the fans of the club.

“Going back to Marseille is a personal choice. I no longer felt well at West Ham, I needed to return to my roots.

“Marseille is a very pleasant city to live in.”

Meanwhile, West Ham have accused Dimitri Payet of showing a lack of “commitment and respect” after the France international rejoined Marseille for £25m.

The Hammers insist they did not need to sell Payet and joint-chairman David Sullivan said he wanted the player to stay to “make an example” of him.

But Sullivan added that manager Slaven Bilic approved the sale in “the interests of squad unity”.

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