Rio Ferdinand: Dimitri Payet should sit and rot at West Ham
The former West Ham legend has entered the row that started when Payet went on strike to try to force through a move to Marseille.
"It is not a difficult one," said Ferdinand. "You owe it to the club and the fans, especially where he came from before he got to this club. West Ham gave him the platform to play at the Euros, they gave him a platform for a new contract and to become a player that is known in the football world and you have to respect that.
Payet has asked to leave West Ham in favour of a return to Marseille
"If I was the gaffer there I would say, 'listen, until I get what I want for you money-wise, you can sit and rot'. That's the way I'd be.
"The club is bigger than any football player and if the respect has been taken out of the situation then you've got to deal with it accordingly."
Ferdinand admitted he had problems at Man United but never opted to not play
West Ham rebel Dimitri Payet continues training with the reserves
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West Ham want-away Dimitri Payet has been snapped training with the reserves again
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Dimitri Payet was snapped training with the West Ham reserves today
Ferdinand admits at times he, too, was at loggerheads with his paymasters but says that Payet's response has overstepped the mark.
"At Manchester United I had problems with the club at various times with certain people but it never entered my mind not to play," he added. "Whatever has gone on I would not say, 'I am not playing'.
"Who is advising him? He is a grown man and should understand it himself, but sometimes you are in a bubble and need good advisors. I question whether he has that."