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West Ham's Payet brings out Bilic's inner poet

Football Soccer - Blackburn Rovers v West Ham United - FA Cup Fifth Round - Ewood Park - 21/2/16 West Ham manager Slaven Bilic . Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine/Livepic
Football Soccer - Blackburn Rovers v West Ham United - FA Cup Fifth Round - Ewood Park - 21/2/16West Ham manager Slaven Bilic . Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine/Livepic

REUTERS - Slaven Bilic plays guitar, speaks several languages and is a qualified lawyer, but the West Ham United manager wants to add poetry to his skills so he can wax lyrical about midfielder Dimitri Payet's performances this season.

Payet scored twice during West Ham's 5-1 dismantling of second-tier Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday, leading Bilic to compare the playmaker to Real Madrid's Luka Modric, who he coached while he was in charge of Croatia.

West Ham last won the FA Cup in 1980 and finished runners-up in 2006.

"I need some poetry lessons to describe his (Payet's) importance to us. It is not just what he is doing with the ball. He is doing the dirty work too," Bilic told British media.

"Every week I want the questions about him to continue but it is hard to describe him. On the ball he is up there with Luka Modric from the players I have trained so far."

Payet has scored nine goals in 25 appearances for West Ham in all competitions this season. The Frenchman joined the Hammers from Ligue 1 side Marseille in June last year.

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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