Why Andre Ayew turned down top-flight clubs to stay at Swansea City

Andre Ayew Swanss.jfif Andre Ayew has played seven game this season

Fri, 27 Sep 2019 Source: goal.com

Andre Ayew has stated he 'feels at home' at Swansea City.

The Ghana international was considered one of the potential summer departures from the Liberty Stadium - like his brother Jordan, who joined Crystal Palace, after the Swans failed to gain Premier League promotion, and had a less-than-fruitful loan stint at Turkish powerhouse, Fenerbahce, last season.

"I am happy to be back," Ayew told BBC Sport Wales.

"I feel at home. There were a lot of possibilities for me to move.

"As soon as I got back I felt the desire from the manager, the players - they wanted me to stay - and for sure the fans. That was special for me.

"When I felt that I started to think maybe we have to go for it again.

"We were talking about finding a solution with other clubs. I said if I don't find something which suits me 100 per cent I am not going to move just to say I play in Ligue 1 or Serie A or the Premier League.

"The truth of the matter is a part of me wanted to stay here. A few days before the end of the market I told my agent: 'I have made my decision and I want to stay'."

Ayew signed for Swansea in the summer of 2015 on a free transfer from Marseille and scored 12 Premier League goals before West Ham United came knocking for his services the following year, in a £20.5 million deal.

He would re-sign for Swansea in January 2018 at the cost of a club-record £18 million but didn't have the same impact as his first stint in South Wales, and they were ultimately relegated after seven seasons in the English top-flight.

Ayew had played seven times for the Swans this season and is yet to break his duck in the Championship, though he has provided two assists.

Source: goal.com
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