Payet joins Saints
By Patrick Haond & Laurent Picard. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Nantes starlet Dimitri Payet has completed a switch to St Etienne.
Despite Nantes' desire to hold onto Payet following their relegation to Ligue 2, the 20-year-old was determined to quit La Beaujoire.
Payet has now agreed a four-year contract with St Etienne and he could hardly hide his delight to be joining Les Verts.
"St Etienne is the choice from the heart," Payet told L'Equipe.
"After Nantes, I will wear another historical shirt.
"When I came here to play with Nantes I could see how enthusiastic the fans were. I like it very much.
"I had talks with coach Laurent Roussey too. His words confirmed my choice.
"I join St Etienne to improve. I didn't want to play in Ligue 2 with Nantes."
Mali international Mamadou Bagayoko also wants to leave Nantes this summer, but says Les Canaris are restricting his chances of moving.
Bagayoko is back with Nantes after a one-year loan spell in Dubai but does not hope to be with the French club for too much longer.
"I am not interested in playing Ligue 2 football. Since I returned to France I have had a couple of contacts in France and abroad," he said to Football365.
"Nantes told me they want to keep me, but I don't agree. My agent will manage it, if I can leave, I will. I don't want to play there any more.
"Nantes are too greedy. The transfer fee is too high for the last year of the contract."