Slaven Bilic has insisted that West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet will not be sold in the January transfer window.
Bilic confirmed on Thursday that Payet has asked to leave the club with the Hammers sitting 13th in the Premier League table.
But despite ruling the 29-year-old out of contention for Saturday's match against Crystal Palace, the West Ham manager says he will not be forced to sell one of his key players.
🎥 Slaven Bilic says West Ham United do not want to sell Dimitri Payet after the midfielder asked to leave the Club#COYI pic.twitter.com/MsessmhRBj— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 12, 2017
“We have a situation with a player and it is Dimitri Payet; he wants to leave," Bilic confirmed. "Until he changes his attitude, he is out of the team. He isn’t going to train with us.
"We’ve said hundreds of times that we don’t want to sell our best players, we want to keep them."
See: Full Payet statement