West Ham open Payet contract talks

Dimitri Payet

Dimitri Payet has played 15 times in the Champions League

Dimitri Payet is in contract talks with West Ham United, despite signing a five-year deal with the Hammers in the summer.

The club have denied media reports the French 28-year-old midfielder has made demands over a new contract.

A statement said productive talks about a contract improvement and extension have started because of his “outstanding impact”.

Payet has scored six goals in 22 appearances this season.

He joined from French side Marseille in a deal worth more than £10m and has helped the Hammers to sixth in the Premier League.

He tweeted: “I say and I repeat I’m proud to wear the shirt of West Ham. My future is here and I hope for many years.”

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