West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has signed a new long-term contract with the club and the club manager Slaven Bilic explains deals as such indicates the gap between so-called ‘giants’ and ‘minnows’ are closing rapidly. Dimitri Payet has been in tremendous form this season, and once again rescued West Ham from a defeat at the hands of Norwich City last week, with a goal and an assist. However, the manager revealed that he not only saved the game but also is a symbol of changes in Premier League football.
Payet signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal with West Ham United, that will keep him at the London club until 2021. Since making his move from French outfit Marseille, the player has proven his worth with some stellar performances for West Brown.
Now the manager himself has spoken how such an act from the talisman symbolises the change in football, according to Telegraph UK.
“I am not talking about resilience or the physical presence or fitness because all Premier League clubs have those characteristics,” the West ham United manager spoke. “But every club now is able to bring in quality because of the money from TV rights.”
He also pointed how small teams such as Leicester City and Norwich City are having a great run, proving that the title race is no more a majority outclassed by an elite minority.
“Look at how much Norwich spent in the last transfer window – it gives smaller clubs the chance to improve and close that gap to the big guns.”
“It is not only us – you have Leicester, the best example in Europe. They are not where they are because of team spirit, it is because they have quality players.”
West Ham United are currently 7th in the Premier League and are only six points short of a Champions League spot, and only one away from a Europa Spot. The manager also spoke that they will not take the time to relax, and will try to get maximum points.
“No way will we put the season to bed now. We have no right to do that and it will not happen.”
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