Thursday 29 September 2016

Real Madrid monitor West Ham's Dimitri Payet as he continues to light up Euro 2016 for France

Matt Law

Published 17/06/2016 | 10:34

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between France and Albania at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille
France's Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between France and Albania at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille

Real Madrid are watching West Ham United star Dimitri Payet as he lights up Euro 2016 for France.

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Payet has scored in both of France’s opening Group A victories to help the hosts qualify for the knockout stages with a game to spare.

The 29-year-old’s performances have been hailed in France and England, and have increased interest in him from Real, who had already been alerted by Payet’s superb season in the Premier League.

Real manager Zinedine Zidane is a fan of Payet and will be aware that the West Ham man is on course to beat his European Championship record.

Zidane created 15 chances for France during the entire Euro 2004 event and, other than scoring twice, Payet has already created 14 opportunities in this tournament.

Having handed Payet a new £125,000-a-week contract in February, West Ham have insisted they will not sell him for any price this summer.

But that will not stop Real making a move if Payet continues to shine and Zidane convinces Real president Florentino Perez he is worth splashing the cash on.

Real will try to sell both James Rodriguez and Isco this summer, leaving space in Zidane’s squad for an attacking midfielder.

The Spanish club have virtually given up on trying to sign Eden Hazard this summer, as they have been told Chelsea do not want to sell the Belgian and still value him over £60million.

Payet out-performed Hazard at club level this season and seems destined to have a better Euro 2016 than the 25-year-old. Mark McKay brokered Payet’s move from Marseille to West Ham last summer and admitted it is impossible to predict the future, even though he is happy in East London.

“As far as I am concerned, he's been happy at West Ham and it's down to West Ham that he's in the position that he is in," said McKay.

“He's doing great now for France and to get him now, you've got to be talking ridiculous money. But football is football, so you never know.”

Telegraph.co.uk

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