Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has asked the club’s hierarchy to sign up West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet for next and glowing talks up the ability of the 29-year-old.
Payet has taken the Euro 2016 by storm as he continues to impress with sublime performances which have won him admirers across Europe with clubs now desperate for his signature.
However, Zidane who led France to lift the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship two years later is happy with the exploits of Payet at the Euros and hinted at the possibility of securing the services of the playmaker.
“It is a great story – he (Payet) has always had talent, but now at 29 he is getting the respect he deserves,” he told reporters.
“There is so much pressure on young players to perform on the biggest stage, Dimitri has shown things don’t always have to happen early.
“When he wasn’t in the French team he never gave up, and now he is proving he is one of the most important and talented players, not just in the French side, but in Europe.
“He had an incredible season with West Ham, and now at The Euros is showing that no occasion is too big for him. He would improve any side in Europe, that is how talented he is.
“From a coaches perspective he is everything you look for in an attacking midfield player.
“He can score goals, he can create goals, he has real quality from set pieces. Any club would want him; he is improving all the time.”
Payet scored twice in the group stage to help guide Les Bleus to the last-16 where they will square up against the Republic of Ireland.