West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic says that the Hammers are no longer a selling club after keeping a hold of their star Dimitri Payet.
West Ham have players like Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole blossom at the club to then leave for bigger and better things. With Payet’s success last season in the Premier League, there were interest in the Frenchman, but West Ham has put a “not for sale” sign on him. Bilic sees it as a natural step in the club’s ambition to be a top side to keep a hold of their best players.
“In keeping Dimitri Payet we have shown the club is serious and trying to get to another level, as much or even more than with the new stadium,” Bilic told Sky Sports.
“West Ham was always labelled as a club that has to sell its best players, be it Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand or whoever. But we have kept Dimi, and we have shown to everyone that the club is thinking seriously.”
Bilic also gave his view on new signing Andre Ayew, as the Hammers set a new club record (£20.5 million) to bring him in from Swansea City.
“First and foremost he [Ayew] was [previously] at a big club at Marseille,” Bilic said.
“He’s an international, he’s the captain of Ghana, he’s at his best age and he’s already had a year in the Premier League so it’s nothing new to him.
“Players today make you feel at home after just a few days so I’m sure we can expect some good football from the newcomers straight away.”