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West Ham United star Dimitri Payet hints at Arsenal switch

West Ham United star Dimitri Payet has hinted that he would be keen on a move to Arsenal, after admitting that he wants to play in the Champions League.

The 29-year-old set the Premier League alight last term, and has objectives of playing at a higher level after his club’s inconsistency so far this season.

English giants Arsenal and Manchester United have both been heavily linked with Payet prior to the January transfer window, but the France international’s craving of playing in the Champions League suggests he would currently prefer a move to the Emirates Stadium.

The Red Devils are competing in the Europa League this campaign, whereas the Gunners have been tied against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the last-16 of Europe’s biggest footballing club competition after finishing top of their group.

“The situation of my club affects me, but I’m ambitious. I miss the Champions League,” Payet told RMC.

“I don’t close the door to anything. I’m in a fight with my club and I’ll give everything for it to get out of this difficult situation, but I close the door to nothing I have some good years ahead of me, and I want to take advantage of them by playing for important things.

“If I leave West Ham, it will be done within the rules, and the club will have its slice of the cake.

“My coach understands that the situation right now doesn’t suit me. But I don’t stop there, I keep working. It’s part of the job to be in situations where it’s more difficult, you have to rise above it and do what you need to do to get your head up. I’ll ask myself questions at the right moment.”

By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)