Marseille president Vincent Labrune confirms Andre Ayew’s departure

Andre AyewOlympique Marseille president Vincent Labrune has confirmed Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew will not stay at the club next season.Ayew is out of contract in June and has already been linked with a host of clubs including Tottenham, Arsenal, Newcastle and Swansea.But Roma are favourites to sign the 25-year-old.Ayew was seen to have made what seemed an emotional goodbye to fans at the Stade Velodrome at the end of Sunday’s thrilling 2-1 win Ligue 1 over Monaco, in which Ayew scored.That result kept Marseille in the hunt for a Champions League place but club president Vincent Labrune told The Independent they cannot hold onto the enterprising winger.He said: “We can’t keep Ayew. He is a very important player for OM but we can’t offer him the kind of money English clubs can offer. The French financial system is complicated and we can’t offer him an equivalent salary to what he can earn in England.“And equally, we can’t ask Ayew, who we love and is an icon of our team, to accept a lower salary. That makes no sense so unfortunately he is going to quit the club and we hope he has the great career that he deserves in England or somewhere else.”

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