English Premiership

Swansea sign Ayew from Marseille

2015-06-10 20:18
Andre Ayew (File)

London - Swansea City have signed Ghana international winger Andre Ayew from Marseille on a four-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

The tigerish 25-year-old arrives on a free transfer after his contract with Marseille expired and his deal is subject to Premier League and international clearance.

"I looked left and right and I thought Swansea was the best choice for me to grow as a player," Ayew told Sky Sports. "Not only football-wise, but I heard about the squad, how the players live together and the team spirit.

"So I thought it was great to come to Swansea because I know how positive it is here."

Ayew, who can also play in midfield, spent eight years at Marseille, scoring 52 goals in 181 games and contributing to French League Cup successes in 2011 and 2012.

He has won 62 caps for Ghana and represented his country at the last two World Cups, as well as four editions of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Ayew's father, Abedi Pele, was a three-time African Footballer of the Year and he has two brothers, Ibrahim and Jordan, who also play top-level football in Ghana and France respectively.

Ayew, who will wear the number 10 shirt at the Liberty Stadium, was named BBC African Footballer of the Year and Ghana Player of the Year in 2011.

"I've spoken a lot to players from Ghana who have played in the Premier League," Ayew added. "They heard I was going to come, but they didn't know where.

"It's a league I really like and they knew I was going to come to England, but I took my time to make a decision.

"When I spoke to them all, the Ghanaians love the Premiership and Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari all said the same thing.

"I think it's the best league and I wanted to come and play against the best players."


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