Welcome home Dimitri

30 jan 2017
Par 
Allan Chaussard
Photos © 
Frédéric Rostain / OM.net 2017
After a one year and a half exile in England, Dimitri Payet has returned to Marseille to the great enjoyment of all the OM fans. He signed a four and a half year contract this Sunday evening.

June 26, 2015 is a bad memory for the fans of the OM. At 3:30 p.m., we announced the departure of Dimitri Payet to West Ham, elected a few weeks earlier as Olympian of the 2014-2015 year by the OM.net internet users.
In London, the best passer of the year in the Premier League, with 16 passes converted by his teammates, does not waste any time in conquering the hearts of the Hammers' supporters.
The Premier League falls immediately under the charm of the French virtuoso with velvet feet. His remarkable and noteworthy performances in England pushed Didier Deschamps to become a key player for the national team. During the 2016 Euro, he stood out again and carried the French team during the group phase, notably against Albania at the Velodrome stadium, his garden, where after scoring his team's second goal, he pointed to the grass and heartily yelled: This is my home!".
Yes, Dimitri holds the keys to the Velodrome. Incidentally, he is the top scorer of the olympic team with its current configuration (with 7 goals by Payet in 2014-2015).
In the prime of his career, soon to be 30 years old, Dimitri Payet, 17th at the Ballon d'Or 2016, could have played anywhere, but decided to go with his heart by returning to the OM.
With this high-end reinforcement, the team's management is displaying its ambitions.
January 29, 2017 is a high point of the third act of the "OM Champion" project. A date that we are not prepared to forget.
Welcome home, Dimitri!

Dimitri Payet in summary

Born March 29, 1987 in Saint-Pierre de La Réunion
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Best position: left wing
Dexterity: ambidextrous

Junior path

1998-1999: JS Saint-Pierroise (France - La Réunion)

1999-2003 : Le Have AC (France)

2003-2004 : AS Escelsior (France - La réunion)

2004-2005 : FC Nantes (France)

Professional path

2005-2007 : FC Nantes (France) - 39 games, 5 goals and 1 assist

2007-2011 : AS Saint-Etienne (France) - 151 games, 25 goals and 24 assists

2011-2013 : Lille OSC (France) - 97 games, 19 goals and 21 assists

2013-2015 : OM (France) - 93 games, 16 goals and 22 assists

2015-2017 : West Ham United FC (Angleterre) - 74 games, 22 goals and 25 assists

International path

2007-2008 : team France Espoirs - 12 selections, 4 goals

2010- : Team France A - 32 selections, 8 goals and 7 assists

 

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