French international soccer player known for his time with Marseille between 2013 and 2015; he later rejoined them in 2017. He played for the English club West Ham United from 2015 until 2017.
He came up through the Saint-Philippe, Saint-Pierroise, Le Havre and AS Excelsior youth programs before debuting for Nantes in his senior career in 2005. He would also play for Saint-Étienne and Lille between 2007 and 2013.
While playing for Saint-Étienne during the 2010-2011 season, he was named the UNFP Player of the Month award for September.
He was born on the island of Réunion in a city called Saint-Pierre. He married Ludivine Payet and has sons named Noa, Pharell, and Milan.
He was a teammate of Yoann Gourcuff on the French international team.