Olympique de Marseille forward Andre Ayew has confirmed that he will be leaving the Ligue 1 giants this summer.
It is news that the French footballing world has long been anticipating, as OM and the Ghana superstar had reached a contract impasse over the last few months.
The player acknowledged, last weekend, that it was not yet certain that he would leave the Stade Velodrome, but earlier this week, OM president Vincent Labrune admitted that the Phoceens had given up hope of re-signing the Black Star [Xinhua, via The Statesman].
Following Marseille’s crushing 4-0 victory over LOSC Lille on Saturday evening, Ayew finally affirmed that would be leaving his beloved Olympians this summer.
“The president spoke yesterday,” Ayew began, as reported by Le 10 Sport, “and I think things have been explained, more or less.
“We know that I will leave the club,” he confirmed, “we spoke about it with the president recently, it’s like that, it’s a page that we will turn.
“We have tried to find the best solutions for me to stay, for the club and for myself.
“It was complicated to find a solution either financially or for sporting reasons,” he continued.
“For next year, I wanted more, to have a more competitive team and to see if the side had the resources to player for the title next year. It is something which cannot be guaranteed.
“It’s true that the club can’t guarantee me the same salary.”
However, the player did confirm that the Provence club, whom he joined as a boy, would always hold a special place in his heart.
“I remain a supporter of OM and the thing that this team deserves to play for the title every season.”
The midfielder, who has featured 27 times for Marseille so far this season, scoring ten goals and contributing six assists, is set to be one of the most sought-after free agents of the summer window.
He has admitted that he would love to play in the Premier League, and after admitting that he is a Liverpool fan, Anfield would look like his most likely destination [via Sky Sports].
However, a whole host of major European sides have been linked with his signature, with AS Roma [L’Equipe via SuperSport] and Spartak Moscow [via Goal.com] having already made approaches for the player.
Tottenham Hotspur are also believed to be interested in the player, according to the Metro.
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