Andre Ayew announces Marseille departure at the end of season

Ghana ace Andre Ayew has finally confirmed he will leave Olympique Marseille end of the season.

Club president Vincent Labrune told The Independent this week Marseille could not afford to keep Ayew, with the Ghana international expected to move to the Premier League.

Ayew scored one of the goals- his 10th strike in 27 games- in Saturday’s 4-0 thumping of Lille on Saturday.

“The president has spoken, therefore, things have been said more or less. We know I’m going to leave the club. This is a page that will turn,” Ayew said.

The 25-year-old revealed he was not convinced the south coast club could challenge for the Ligue 1 title next season and that it would not meet his wage demands.

Paris Saint-Germain wrapped up its third consecutive league title Saturday.

“There are many things behind it. We tried to find solutions that I stay but for the club and me it was a bit complicated, whether in sport or financial aspects,” Ayew said.

“I expected more, I wanted the club to have a competitive team next year to play the title and it is not insured. And the club could not offer me the same wage.”

Ayew’s contract will expire at the end of June, bringing to an end almost a lifetime’s association with the club.

The midfielder’s father – Abedi Pele – played for the club, while Ayew signed his first contract with Marseille as a 17-year-old.

Ayew has made 206 appearances for Marseille in all competitions, winning two Coupe de la Ligue titles but missing the 2009-10 French championship as he was on loan at Arles-Avignon that season.

Apart from that loan and a stint at Lorient the season before, Ayew has only ever played for Marseille since returning to France – the land of his birth – from Ghana.

It is the third season in a row that Marseille has lost a key player with Mathieu Valbuena having departed to Dynamo Moscow last year, while Loic Remy left midway through the 2012-13 campaign.

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