It's not surprising that Dimitri Payet's magnificent first season at West Ham has earned him some interest from top European sides, but it makes no sense for the Hammers to sell their French talisman.
Payet's transfer to East London was one of the biggest steals of the window, costing the Hammers under £11m. Some, like Arsene Wenger, questioned his consistency and whether or not he could replicate his fine French league form in England.
Dimitri Payet means the same to West Ham as Carlos Tevez in 2006/07, both amazing— Ryan Waterschoot (@Ry_Waterschoot) April 17, 2016
To put it simply, he has done, and the rest. Nine goals and eight assists have summed up his wonderful debut season and the likes of Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United are now considering making a move for the number 27.
Considering the money available to the likes of PSG, the Hammers could probably get a decent amount of money for Payet, but nothing too crazy because he is 29-years-old after all.
Taking this into consideration, say the Irons were given £25m for their midfield maestro, there is no one else on the market right now better than Payet for that money.
If you wanted to find an attacking midfielder capable of mirroring Payet's abilities you'd need to spend near double that, so it makes no sense for Slaven Bilic's side to sell their talisman.
As the Hammers get ready to move into the Olympic Stadium and potentially have a go at competing in Europe, they need someone like Payet to build a side around and even use to attract other stars.
Michy Batshuayi is a top target, and his links to Payet will likely be crucial if the Hammers are to recruit the Marseille man. Keeping the attacking midfielder in claret and blue could pay dividends when it comes to new signings, a campaign in Europe, and because of the difficulties in replacing him.
Thierry Henry: "Do you want to stay at West Ham long term?"— Ben Freshwater (@benfreshwater) April 17, 2016
Payet: "Yes. I want to go far with this club - plus the fans are amazing."
It will probably be tough for Payet to turn down the very best sides in England and France, but hopefully he has been honest when he has declared his love for the club because it makes sense for him to remain in East London where he can continue his quest to become a club legend.