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Dimitri Payet signs Marseille contract extension

Dimitri Payet signs Marseille contract extension

Publish on 06/29 at 12:38 - I. HOLYMAN


Dimitri Payet has signed a two-year contract extension with Marseille through to 2024 and has taken a significant pay cut to fulfill his wish to be "Marseillais for life."

Payet, 33, had suggested last season he could leave Marseille if they were not ambitious heading into next season's UEFA Champions League group stage.


Instead, however, the former Nantes, Lille and Saint-Etienne man has agreed to slash his salary by 50% for the 2020-21 season to help out his cash-strapped club.


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"I have often said I love this club and that I came back here because my family feels good here," said Payet, who initially joined OM in 2013 and left for West Ham United in 2015 only to return to the Stade Orange Vélodrome in January 2017.


"The club did what had to be done to get me back when I needed it. The club has given to me, and I wanted to repay that. The idea came to mind when the president spoke about things and who better than me to lead by example? I love this club and I'm ready to do anything for it to grow. It's good to say you love, but it's better to show it."


Payet scored nine goals and registered four assists in 22 league matches for Andre Villas-Boas' men last season, and plans to keep contributing to the cause until his body gives up on him.


"I had the idea of finishing my career here and of contributing something afterwards, to make OM grow as an institution," said the 38-time France international. "I will keep giving until my body can't do it anymore, and I'll adapt after that."


"Dimitri came and explained that he wanted to be Marseillais for life," OM president Jacques-Henri Eyraud said. "He wants to finish his career here and then would still like to work for the club he loves so much in another capacity."


Eyraud added: "We don't usually talk numbers, but Dimitri has made a considerable effort. He's accepted to divide his salary in half for the 2020-21 season and to reduce it by 30% for 2021-22. For the two following seasons, his salary will be reduced by between 40% and 60%. He's also given up his bonus for qualifying for Europe. A big part of his salary during his last two seasons will only be guaranteed if he plays. It's a major effort, perhaps even a first in Europe."


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