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Mancini 'favourite for West Ham'

07 September 2017

Those who know me play along, and in the end it goes well.

The French worldwide joined West Ham from Marseille in time for the 2015/16 season and it didn't take him long to become a fan favourite.

Payet told French magazine So Foot: "My managers understood that: when I sulk, they talk to me".

West Ham would end the 2016-17 campaign in 11th place after Payet left and now sit bottom of the league - signs which Payet says would have derailed his chances at playing for France had he remained in England.

Edimilson Fernandes, who played in all three of the Hammers' matches so far, hurt his ankle while playing for Switzerland's Under-21s, while Andre Ayew suffered a thigh injury playing for his native Ghana.

"It's a way for me to be heard".

It's early days, but the pressire on Premier League managers to get results is constant and propping up the table inevitably leads to speculation about the future. "I had a choice to make".

Payet admits that Hammers boss Slavan Bilic found that out the hard way during his time in London.

According to the Evening Standard, Mancini is in pole position to replace Slaven Bilic if he is sacked by West Ham.

Mancini, who left the Premier League in 2013, lifted the Premier League title in 2012 with Manchester City, and while he is now managing Zenit St Petersburg, he has been linked with a return to England with underperforming West Ham. We spoke every day.

"He managed me like a father", added Payet. You saw that straight away in how quickly I adapted. He quickly understood how I worked. "He's from Croatia... he can shout, but he's good at man-management".

Mancini 'favourite for West Ham'