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November 18, 2016
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BOSS: Slaven Bilic

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has asked Dimitri Payet to treat criticism as compliment as he tries to get the best out of the French maverick.

Payet, who signed a five-year contract in February, made a fine start last season as he scored nine Premier League goals and claimed 13 assists to propel the club to finish seventh, their best league finish since 2002.

The 29-year-old’s struggle to rediscover the same form this season has drawn criticism from the fans, but Bilic called it back-handed compliment.

He says: “I see Messi or Ronaldo. If they don’t score for two games they are criticised…”

“It’s a compliment of course. He [Payet] should be like: ‘They are not criticising me, they are expecting much more from me’. Why are they expecting of me much more? Because I am Payet.

“And because of what I have done last year.’”

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