Sullivan welcomes Payet deal

Joint-Chairman David Sullivan says Dimitri Payet has earned his new long-term contract with West Ham United
Hello everyone,

It goes without saying that I, David Gold, Karren Brady and everyone associated with West Ham United are delighted that Dimitri Payet has signed a new long-term contract.

In line with our normal policy, we review the contracts of players who are doing exceptionally well for the Club and reward and extend them when the opportunity arises.

Up to now, Dimitri has been our star player this season and to reward him and to show the supporters our unwavering commitment to building a team we can all be immensely proud of, the Board has awarded him and improved and extended contract until 2021.

Like you all, I have been so excited by watching ‘Dimi’, as he is now affectionately known to all of us Hammers, this season.

His technical ability, his ball skills, his strength, his goals, his assists and his attitude have all combined to give us one of the most exhilarating players I have seen in a West Ham shirt in many, many years.

I have been watching West Ham since the early 1960s and have seen some fantastic footballers in Claret and Blue – Trevor Brooking, Alan Devonshire, Paolo Di Canio, Carlos Tevez among them – and Dimi has the talent to be considered among the very best.

Of course, even more exciting is that Dimi’s best in a West Ham shirt is still to come. Just imagine what we can achieve, with him in the team and the Club moving into a fantastic new 54,000-capacity Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this summer.

Before then, we have 13 Barclays Premier League games to play and are in a good position, sixth in the table and with a chance of qualifying for Europe.

Today’s news means Mark Noble, Winston Reid, Diafra Sakho, Aaron Cresswell, James Tomkins, Adrian, James Collins and now Dimi have all signed new long-term contracts in the past year – all confirmation that we want to keep our best players here for as long as possible.

In line with our policy, a few other key players might be similarly rewarded in the next six months, so keep an eye on and our social media channels for the big announcements!

Come on you Irons!

David Sullivan