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Payet: I returned to Marseille to fulfil my legacy

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Dimitri Payet insists that he had to go back to Marseille due to a nagging feeling that he was not done with the club yet

The French playmaker left Marseille in the summer of 2015 for West Ham United in a £10.7m deal.

In his 18 months in London, Payet quickly went from a firm fan favourite to one of the most hated figures at the club when he tried to force a move away.

Payet went on strike and eventually got his wish of a return to Marseille in January 2017 for £25m.

Now the 31-year-old has shared his reasons for going back to the Stade Vélodrome.

“I came back because I had this feeling: I had gone to West Ham without having finished my history with OM,” Payet told L’Equipe.

“I knew where I would put my feet, that I would not be let go, that we would expect a lot from me.

“I did not come back to be quiet, to be easy, otherwise I would have stayed in West Ham.”

On now being Marseille captain, Payet added: “The captaincy, I did not expect it, it is an additional responsibility.

“I came back for this stadium, these supporters, this city, I showed that I will do everything for this club, including important sacrifices.

“I fully identify with this club.”

Since returning to Marseille, Payet has managed 21 goals and 33 assists in 78 games across all competitions.