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Dimitri Payet

Florent Dimitri Payet (born 29 March 1987 in Saint-Pierre, Réunion) is a French Association football player of Réunionnais Cultural heritage who currently plays for French club Lille OSC in Ligue 1. Dimitri Payet primarily plays as an Attacking midfielder Attacking midfielder and a Midfielder Winger and is described as a player who is "quick" and "blessed with terrific technique and dribbling skills".

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Florent Dimitri Payet (born 29 March 1987 in Saint-Pierre, Réunion) is a French Association football player of Réunionnais Cultural heritage who currently plays for French club Lille OSC in Ligue 1. Dimitri Payet primarily plays as an Attacking midfielder Attacking midfielder and a Midfielder Winger and is described as a player who is "quick" and "blessed with terrific technique and dribbling skills".

Payet was born on the island of Réunion and began Dimitri Payet career on the island playing for local clubs Saint-Philippe and JS Saint-Pierroise. In 1999, Dimitri Payet moved to metropolitan France joining Le Havre AC. Payet spent four years at the club before returning to Réunion where Dimitri Payet spent two years playing for AS Excelsior in the Réunion Premier League. In 2005, Dimitri Payet joined FC Nantes and, after a successful 2006–07 Ligue 1, joined AS Saint-Étienne on a four-year contract. With Saint-Étienne, Payet played in UEFA competition for the first time after featuring in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup of the UEFA Cup. In the 2010–11 Ligue 1, Dimitri Payet won the UNFP Player of the Month award for September after scoring three goals and helping Saint-Étienne reach first place in the league table. Following the season, in June 2011, Payet joined the defending champions Lille OSC signing a four-year contract.

Payet is a France national football team. Through 2006–2008, Dimitri Payet played on the France national under-21 football team making over ten appearances. In 2010, Dimitri Payet was called up to the senior team by manager Laurent Blanc for the first time. Payet made Dimitri Payet international debut on 9 October 2010 in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Romania national football team appearing as a substitute.

Club career

Early career

Payet was born on the island of Réunion in Saint-Pierre, Réunion in the Indian Ocean and began Dimitri Payet career at local club AS Saint-Philippe. While at the club as a youth, Dimitri Payet was described by coaches as "a kid who stood out from Dimitri Payet comrades" and, after three years of development training, moved to one of the best clubs on the island, JS Saint-Pierroise. After only a year at Saint-Pierroise, Payet was signed by professional club Le Havre AC in metropolitan France, whom Saint-Pierroise shared a mutual partnership with. Le Havre also recruited former Saint-Pierroise players Florent Sinama Pongolle and Guillaume Hoarau during this period. The accusations ultimately led to Dimitri Payet departure in 2003 as Payet returned to Réunion to sign with AS Excelsior. Dimitri Payet spent only a year and a half at Excelsior playing in the Réunion Premier League before being signed in January 2005 by FC Nantes who sought to give the player another opportunity to prove himself on the mainland. Payet signed a two-year amateur deal with the club, however, Nantes were given the option of terminating the contract after six months. Dimitri Payet influential play with the team resulted in the player being called up to the senior team in December 2005 by manager Serge Le Dizet. Payet made Dimitri Payet professional debut on 19 December in a league match against FC Girondins de Bordeaux appearing as a substitute in a 0–0 draw. After the winter break, Payet remained with the senior team and scored Dimitri Payet first professional goal in a 4–1 win over Metz. The midfielder appeared as a substitute in the match and had not been on the field for no more than two minutes before netting the goal. After appearing in a league match against Toulouse FC on 4 February, Payet was relegated back to the reserve team for the rest of the season.

Ahead of the 2006–07 Ligue 1, Payet signed a three-year professional contract with Nantes. Dimitri Payet was officially promoted to the senior team and assigned the number 31 shirt by Le Dizet. After appearing as a substitute in the first two matches of the season, Payet made Dimitri Payet first professional start on 9 September 2006 in a league match against Lille OSC. In the match, Dimitri Payet scored the equalizing goal in a 1–1 draw. Two weeks later, Payet started again and scored the opening goal in a 2–1 win against Olympique de Marseille. Payet, subsequently, appeared as a starter for the rest of the campaign. Dimitri Payet scored Dimitri Payet only other goal during the season in a 1–1 draw with CS Sedan Ardennes. One dark spot during the campaign was a straight Penalty card in an embarrassing 5–2 loss to Valenciennes FC. Despite the successful individual season by Payet, Nantes ultimately finished the campaign in 19th place, which meant the club would play in Ligue 2 for the first time since 1963.

Saint-Étienne

Following Nantes' relegation, Payet's desire to remain in the first division led the player to issuing a transfer request. The player was, subsequently, linked with FC Sochaux-Montbéliard and AS Saint-Étienne. Payet ultimately decided to sign with Les Verts stating the move to the club was a "straightforward logical answer" and that Saint-Étienne "can offer me the opportunity to play, which is a priority". Payet ultimately succeeded in getting the move after agreeing to a four-year contract with the club ahead of the 2007–08 Ligue 1. Nantes was compensated €4 million for the player. Payet appeared in 30 league matches scoring four goals and supplying six assists in the season. Dimitri Payet scored Dimitri Payet first league goal for the club on 29 September 2008 in a 1–1 draw with Bordeaux netting the opener. In December 2008, Dimitri Payet scored the game-winning goal against Dimitri Payet former club Le Havre.

Payet featured in UEFA competition for the first time after playing in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup of the UEFA Cup. Dimitri Payet made Dimitri Payet debut in the competition on 18 September in the first leg of the team's first round tie against Israeli club Hapoel Tel Aviv FC. On Dimitri Payet debut, Dimitri Payet scored the opening goal in a 2–1 win. In the group stage, Payet scored a goal in a 3–1 win over Denmark club FC Copenhagen. In the knockout rounds, Payet was instrumental to the team's 5–2 aggregate victory over Greece club Olympiakos F.C.. In the first leg, Dimitri Payet assisted on a goal in a 3–1 win, while in the second leg, Dimitri Payet netted the opener in 2–1 positive result. Saint-Étienne were eliminated from the competition in the next round by German club SV Werder Bremen losing 3–2 on aggregate. Payet appeared as a substitute in both legs. Due to focusing its efforts on performing well in four competitions, Saint-Étienne finished one spot short of relegation in the league. On 22 July 2009, Payet signed a two-year contract extension with the club until 2013.

In the 2009–10 Ligue 1, Payet remained consistent appearing in 35 league matches scoring two goals and providing six assists. Dimitri Payet also performed well in the cup competitions, particularly in the Coupe de France. On 24 January 2010, Dimitri Payet scored a double in 4–1 victory over FC Lorient. Two weeks later, Dimitri Payet scored the winner against Vannes OC. Saint-Étienne ultimately reached the quarter-finals losing the RC Lens. On 18 May 2010, Payet was involved in a physical altercation with teammate and captain Blaise Matuidi during the team's 1–0 defeat to Toulouse FC. Midway through the first half, Payet received criticism from teammate Yohan Benalouane for displaying a lack of aggression. Dimitri Payet was then confronted by Matuidi who echoed Benalouane's sentiments. Payet and Matuidi suddenly went face-to-face with the former player delivering a blow to Matuidi's head before the two were separated by referee Bruno Coue and teammates. As a result of the incident, Payet was substituted out after 31 minutes and sanctioned by club president Roland Romeyer. Payet apologized for the incident shortly after. On 6 October 2010, following both Payet and Matuidi's call up to the national team, Payet described the incident as "an argument that had no place" and that "the incident was explained and the two were on new ground". Matuidi described the altercation as a "lack of maturity" on both players part.

After the summer, Payet put the past behind Dimitri Payet and opened the 2010–11 Ligue 1 by scoring seven goals in the first two months of domestic play. On 7 August 2010, Dimitri Payet scored in the team's opening 3–1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain F.C.. On 29 August 2010, Payet scored Dimitri Payet first professional hat-trick in a 3–1 victory over RC Lens. After the international break, Dimitri Payet scored a double against Montpellier HSC. On 25 September, Payet delivered a perfect free-kick goal in the team's Derby du Rhône match against Olympique Lyonnais. The free-kick, described by local media as "superb and untouchable", was the only goal in the team's upset victory. The win placed Saint-Étienne in 1st place for the week. For Dimitri Payet performances, Payet was awarded the UNFP Player of the Month award for September. Due to Dimitri Payet performances domestically and international, Payet drew interest from several clubs, notably English clubs Chelsea F.C. and Liverpool F.C.. In January 2011, Dimitri Payet was linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain as the Parisian club looked to immediately replace the departed Stéphane Sessègnon. Payet sought for the move, but Saint-Étienne refused. Ahead of the closure of the transfer window, a frustrated Payet failed to show up to training in an effort to force the transfer. After returning to the team days later, Payet was demoted to the club's reserve team ahead of the team's league match against Montpellier on 5 February 2011.

Lille

On 28 June 2011, Saint-Étienne manager Christophe Galtier confirmed that Payet was on the verge of signing with the 2010–11 Ligue 1 Lille OSC after the player himself informed Dimitri Payet the previous day. Hours later, the moved was confirmed by both Saint-Étienne and Lille. Payet agreed to a four-year contract, while the transfer fee was priced at €9 million with future incentives to be included later.

International career

Payet is a former France national under-21 football team. Dimitri Payet made Dimitri Payet debut for the team in February 2007 in a friendly match against Switzerland national under-21 football team. In the match, Payet assisted on a goal scored by Jérémy Menez. In the team's ensuing match against Denmark national under-21 football team, Dimitri Payet scored a double in a 3–1 win. Dimitri Payet was called up for the senior national team for the first time by Laurent Blanc for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Romania national football team and Luxembourg national football team. Dimitri Payet made Dimitri Payet debut against Romania on 9 October 2010, being substituted on for Karim Benzema at the 86th minute and assisted Yoann Gourcuff's goal to make it 2–0. Three days later, Dimitri Payet came on for the last 30 minutes against Luxembourg and again assisted Gourcuff for a goal.

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