West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic says forward Dimitri Payet no longer wants to play for the club – but says they will not sell him.The 29-year-old France international has regularly been linked with a move away from West Ham.“We have said we don’t want to sell our best players but Payet does not want to play for us,” Bilic said. “We are not going to sell him.”Payet joined West Ham from Marseille for £10.7m in June 2015.He excelled in his first season with the club, scoring 12 goals and earning a nomination for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award.In February 2016 he signed a new contract to tie him to the Hammers to the summer of 2021.However, even though he has scored on five occasions this season, Payet has failed to hit the same heights this season, and the Sun reported last week that Bilic had ordered the player to improve his attitude.“I expect from him to come back and to show commitment and determination to the team like the team has shown to him,” Bilic said on Friday.“We aren’t going to sell him, not whatsoever. It’s not a money issue or anything. We want to keep our best players.“I spoke to the chairman and this is not a money issue. We gave him a long contract because we want him to stay.”He was left on the bench for Friday’s 5-0 FA Cup defeat by Manchester City.“He’s probably been tapped up by some clubs or whatever,” added Bilic. “That is usual at this time of year.“But until he changes his attitude he is out of the team and he’s not going to train with us.”West Ham are 13th in the Premier League, seven points above the relegation zone, and host Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Brentford boss Dean Smith is among the favourites to take over at Aston Villa following their sacking of Steve Bruce. AdChoices广告Villa hoped to challenge for promotion after significant financial backing from investors NSWE over the summer.But results have been poor and Bruce has paid the price, leaving Villa searching for a new manager.Smith, a Villa fan, is inevitably being touted as a front-runner for the job, having overseen a brand of attacking football at Brentford which has seen the Bees challenge in the top half of the Championship.But who are the other possible contenders for the Villa hotseat?Thierry HenryNassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, the billionaires who control NSWE, reportedly wanted Henry this summer, which could indicate they want to put their own stamp on the club. Henry left his lucrative job as a pundit on Sky Sports at the end of last season amid plans to become a manager after earning his stripes at former club Arsenal and, more recently, with Belgium as assistant to Roberto Martinez. The 41-year-old was reportedly set to take his first step in management at Ligue 1 club Bordeaux this summer but that never materialised.Claudio RanieriThe former Chelsea boss is no spring chicken at 66 but has vast experience and is available having left French club Nantes at the end of the season. Could the man who guided Leicester to their incredible title triumph return to the Midlands?John TerryAnother former Chelsea man to have been linked with the job, Terry spent last season with Villa and is keen to enter management, although he has been tipped to return to Stamford Bridge in a coaching capacity.Terry joined Villa after leaving Chelsea last yearAndrea StramaccioniReports in Italy last month claimed that the former Inter boss is on Villa’s radar. Stramaccioni is best-known for his mixed time at San Siro, where he impressed while in charge of the club’s youth teams but could not replicate his success with the senior squad. The 42-year-old left Inter after just one season in charge and has since had unsuccessful stints at Udinese, Panathinaikos and Sparta Prague.Paulo FonsecaThe former Porto defender, currently in charge at Shakhtar Donetsk, is also reportedly on Villa’s radar. See also:Smith says he has no plans to leave Brentford Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
LE’VEON BELLPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers and star running back Le’Veon Bell failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract, meaning Bell will play on a one-year tender this season.Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on Bell in March and had until Monday afternoon to work out a new deal. Bell instead will make $12.1 million this season, the average of the five highest-paid running backs in the league.Bell could become an unrestricted free agent next spring or the Steelers could place the franchise tag on him a second time. General manager Kevin Colbert says the team will “resume its efforts” to re-sign Bell next offseason.The 25-year-old Bell ran for 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns and caught another 75 passes in 12 games for Pittsburgh in 2016.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
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