West Ham warn Chelsea over £60m France star – report
West Ham have reportedly told Chelsea that Dimitri Payet is not for sale
West Ham have warned Chelsea that Dimitri Payet is not for sale in an attempt to deter a bid from their London rivals, according to Daily Express.
The Blues endured a disappointing 2015/16 season under Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink before Antonio Conte was announced as their next permanent manager.
The current Italy head coach won’t take over the reins at Stamford Bridge until after the European championships in France this summer.
Payet enjoyed a whirlwind first season in the Premier League after the 28-year-old scored nine goals and 12 assists in 30 top-flight games.
The Hammers playmaker scored France’s dramatic winner in a 2-1 victory over Romania in their Euro 2016 opener on Friday night.
According to a report in the Daily Express, West Ham have told Chelsea that Payet isn’t for sale despite previous speculation that the east London side had placed a £60m price tag on the Frenchman.
West Ham finished in sixth place in the Premier League table.