Payet: 'Step up in class'
Dimitri Payet has revealed he joined the French champions Lille to win back his place with Les Bleus and win some trophies with the club that did the Ligue 1-Coupe de France double last season...
Won over by the coach
"I made my choice on sporting criteria," revealed the 24-year-old Nantes academy graduate. "I was won over by the coach's discourse and the club's long-term ambitions."
Payet, who spent the 2005-06 season alongside current LOSC 'keeper Mickaël Landreau at Nantes, enjoyed a fantastic start to the 2010-11 campaign with Saint-Etienne and forced his way into the French national team where he earned three caps.
Euro 2012 ambition
"Obviously, with Euro 2012 just 12 months away, breaking back into Les Bleus is one of my ambitions," said last season's top scorer with Les Verts with 13 goals. "I want to play as much as possible and play as well as possible both in Ligue 1 and in Europe.
"I want to score lots of goals, make lots of assists, and above all, have the chance to win trophies because I haven't won anything yet in my career."
Suited to LOSC's 4-3-3
Payet can play on either flank of Lille's traditional 4-3-3 formation and it was the champions' attacking style that finally forced Payet's decision after the Reunion Island-born winger had been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
"After four seasons at Saint-Etienne, I went through a lot and I needed a change of air," he revealed. "I think Lille are the club I need to take the next step up in class.
"I love the way the club plays football. LOSC has a fantastic attacking style, lots of changing positions, plenty of movement and lots and lots of goals...This attitude suits me down to the ground."