Payet strike infuriates West Ham captain Noble

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The France international is on strike as he looks to force a move, prompting his team-mate to insist they are better off without him in the team

Mark Noble says West Ham are better off without Dimitri Payet if the Frenchman wants to leave London.

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Payet has refused to play for West Ham as he seeks an exit amid speculation of a return to Ligue 1 outfit Marseille just 18 months after his move to the Premier League.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll has already taken a swipe at the 29-year-old France international and Noble followed suit.

"I am angry and disappointed, because I have always said that he is one of the best players I have ever played with," Noble said.

"I had - and I say had because I haven't really spoken to him for the last two or three weeks - a great relationship with him, but I don't know his reasons.

"I am not going to comment on why he wanted to leave but I do know that if someone doesn't want to play for the team then they are better off not even playing."

Payet was absent from West Ham's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, which helped Noble and Co. move up to 12th in the table after 21 rounds.

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