Ray Parlour has warned West Ham that Dimitri Payet’s ‘long-term’ contract will not stop him leaving the club this summer if the right team comes along.
France sensation Payet has been one of the stars of Euro 2016 so far with his match-winning performances for the unbeaten tournament hosts.
But his stunning displays might have Hammers chiefs worried ahead of the summer transfer window, with top sides now fully aware of his quality and set-piece prowess. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea have already been linked with big-money moves for the 29-year-old.
Payet seemed to commit his long-term future to West Ham by penning a new contract which runs until 2021 back in February.
But former Arsenal and England midfielder Parlour insisted that will matter little this summer if the player is tempted by a big move.
Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Parlour said: “The summer transfer window, when the Euros finishes, is going to be amazing. It’s going to be really hectic.
“Everyone will be targeting players and a lot of managers will be keeping a close eye on the Euros.
“Dimitri Payet…what a player! He’s lit up the Euros so far. He’s been outstanding.
“He had a great season at West Ham, and they will be delighted that he signed a new contract.
“But then again we know that contracts don’t really matter these days. If a player wants to leave, it’s very hard to keep him.
“But he might want to stay there. He might be looking forward to that new stadium and working with Slaven Bilic, who has been excellent for the club.”