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Ben Johnson with Dimitri Payet snap emerges from 2017
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Ben Johnson with Dimitri Payet snap emerges from 2017

West Ham ace Ben Johnson was pictured with Dimitri Payet back in 2017 after the Frenchman was demoted to train with the youth team.

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The now 34-year-old was banished to train with the under-23s by Slaven Bilic after he demanded an exit from the London Stadium in order to rejoin Marseille.

He eventually got his wish after the Ligue 1 outfit stumped up around £25 million to bring him back to France.

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It was a sad ending to his time at West Ham.

Despite all of his brilliance, Payet will be remembered to his acrimonious exit from the Hammers.

Ben Johnson with Dimitri Payet snap emerges from 2017

Whilst Payet angered the West Ham fans, a young player coming through the ranks has had the opposite effect.

Johnson is adored by the London Stadium faithful.

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He is truly one of our own. What an unbelievable young talent Johnson is.

And a picture from 2017 has emerged of a then 16-year-old Johnson alongside the mischief-maker Payet:

Johnson is very highly rated at West Ham.

He was keeping good company back in 2017 and training with the likes of Payet obviously stood him in great stead for the future.

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The 21-year-old is getting better and better. And it would be interesting to know if training against Payet four years ago helped shape him into the player he has become today.

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