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Dimitri Payet

Personal information
Full nameFlorent Dimitri Payet
Date of birth29 March 1987(age 29)
Place of birthSaint-Pierre, Réunion, France
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8.5 in)
Playing positionWinger
Club information
Current clubLille

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Florent Dimitri Payet (born 29 March 1987 in Saint-Pierre, Réunion) is a French football player of Réunionnais heritage who currently plays for French club Lille in Ligue 1. He primarily plays as an attacking midfielder and a winger and is described as a player who is "quick" and "blessed with terrific technique and dribbling skills".

Payet was born on the island of Réunion and began his career on the island playing for local clubs Saint-Philippe and Saint-Pierroise. In 1999, he moved to metropolitan France joining Le Havre. Payet spent four years at the club before returning to Réunion where he spent two years playing for AS Excelsior in the Réunion Premier League. In 2005, he joined Nantes and, after a successful 2006 07 season, joined Saint-Étienne on a four-year contract. With Saint-Étienne, Payet played in European competition for the first time after featuring in the 2008 09 edition of the UEFA Cup. In the 2010 11 season, he won the UNFP Player of the Month award for September after scoring three goals and helping Saint-Étienne reach first place in the league table. Following the season, in June 2011, Payet joined the defending champions Lille signing a four-year contract.

Payet is a French international. Through 2006 2008, he played on the France under-21 team making over ten appearances. In 2010, he was called up to the senior team by manager Laurent Blanc for the first time. Payet made his international debut on 9 October 2010 in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Romania appearing as a substitute.

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