Football: Payet pledges future to West Ham

France playmaker Dimitri Payet has said that he is "100 per cent staying" with West Ham.
France playmaker Dimitri Payet has said that he is "100 per cent staying" with West Ham. PHOTO: AFP

(AFP) - France playmaker Dimitri Payet handed West Ham a huge boost ahead of the new Premier League season by telling the club he is "100 per cent staying" with the Hammers.

Payet had been linked with a move away from West Ham after backing up a superb debut season in England with several impressive performances for his country as France reached the final of Euro 2016.

But the 29-year-old, who signed a new long-term contract through until 2021 in February, insisted he was fully committed to staying at West Ham.

"I've heard about all the interest and I'm flattered. But I love West Ham," Payet told The Sun.

"We had a fantastic season and I can't wait to play in the Olympic Stadium.

"I'm 100 per cent staying at West Ham, I love the club. I can tell the Hammers fans that."

Payet scored 12 goals and provided 13 assists and was named the club's Player of the Year as West Ham finished seventh, their highest league finish since the 2001-02 season.