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No need to justify my behaviour: Dimitri Payet

Dimitri Payet
Dimitri Payet

Marseille: France international Dimitri Payet said on Monday he didn't have to justify his behaviour after forcing through a return to Marseille from West Ham for a club-record transfer fee.

Payet rejoined the Ligue 1 side after Marseille shelled out 30 million euros (£25 million) to bring him back to the Stade Velodrome. "It's what I wanted. It was clear from the start," Payet said. "Thanks to all the staff for doing what was needed. I wanted to be part of this project that is just getting started. It came at a time when I missed France."

Payet starred for the Premier League side last season, scoring 12 goals and being named to the PFA Team of the Year, but when the transfer window opened earlier this month he refused to play as his priority was a return to France. "It was drawn out because I started my stand-off with West Ham a long time ago. If (the move) hadn't gone through I would have lived with it," said Payet. "But I didn't feel very good over there. (West Ham boss) Slaven Bilic had his view, but I don't have to justify my behaviour," Payet added.

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