New Marseille signing defends actions in securing transfer

Payet rejoined the Ligue 1 side on a four-and-a-half-year deal after Marseille shelled out 30 million euros.

Dimitri Payet poses with his Marseille jersey during a press conference at the Robert-Louis Dreyfus Stadium in southern France, on January 30, 2017

Payet rejoined the Ligue 1 side on a four-and-a-half-year deal after Marseille shelled out 30 million euros ($31.3 million, £25 million) to bring him back to the Stade Velodrome.

"It's what I wanted. It was clear from the start," Payet told a news conference after concluding an acrimonious divorce with West Ham late Sunday.

"Thanks to all the staff for doing what was needed. I wanted to be part of this project that is just getting started. It came at a time when I missed France."

The 29-year-old received a warm welcome on his return to his former club, but he refused to apologise for the controversial manner in which he left England.

Payet starred for the Premier League side last season, scoring 12 goals and being named to the PFA Team of the Year, but when the transfer window opened earlier this month he refused to play as his priority was a return to France.

"It was drawn out because I started my stand-off with West Ham a long time ago. If (the move) hadn't gone through I would have lived with it," said Payet.

"But I didn't feel very good over there. (West Ham boss) Slaven Bilic had his view, but I don't have to justify my behaviour."

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