Dimitri Payet, West Ham Agree on New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2016

West Ham’s Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Newcastle at Boleyn Ground in London, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Dimitri Payet has signed a new contract with West Ham United, it was announced on Thursday, with the player inking fresh terms until 2021.

The club relayed the news via their official site, with the report also detailing the impact Payet has made since arriving in the Premier League: "The 28-year-old, who has scored six Barclays Premier League goals, chalked up six assists and averages a formidable 3.7 key passes per game, is delighted to have pledged his long-term future to the Club."

Payet only arrived last summer and agreed a five-year deal with the Hammers at the time, but after quickly impressing with a series of excellent displays, he has earned an improved deal at Upton Park.

The Frenchman has undoubtedly been the Irons' best player this season, contributing flair and vision while excelling in his role as the creative playmaker in the team.

With him on the pitch, Slaven Bilic's side pose a far greater attacking threat, not only from open play but at set pieces as well, thanks to his pinpoint accuracy, particularly from free-kicks.

He played a key role in helping West Ham beat Liverpool in their FA Cup fifth-round replay, supplying this outstanding assist for Angelo Ogbonna in the dying seconds of the match, per BT Sport Football:

In January, Match of the Day's Gary Lineker hailed him as one of the signings of the season:

Despite only recently arriving in east London, his exceptional displays would likely have attracted interest from bigger and wealthier clubs in the summer, so the Hammers will be delighted to have successfully tied him down for longer.

With his future at the club secured, West Ham should look to build their team around him as they move to the Olympic Stadium next season.