West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has reiterated the club’s desire to keep hold of Dimitri Payet but knows Europe’s elite are looking at him.
The 29-year-old only signed a new five-year deal at the club last season after he excelled in the Premier League, but his stock has risen further with his exploits in France at Euro 2016.
Bilic knows those displays have elevated him to a higher level and he admits giant clubs may now come looking at him but the Hammers are determined he stays where he is.
“As a club manager, when you have a player involved there is added interest and there is no doubt Dimitri Payet has been one of the stars of the tournament,” Bilic told the Daily Mail.
“I understand that with his success, all the speculation about his future will follow. I have even seen one report suggesting I don’t want him to do well in case it leads to him leaving West Ham.
“That is not right. I want him to play great. I want him to score a hat-trick and another hat-trick in the final.
“I know then that the giant clubs will come but I would love him to stay at West Ham. We have texted each other over the last three weeks and he is happy at the club. He is our player.”