Ayew eyes Marseille exit
Ghana youngster Andre Ayew has told Marseille he wants to leave to boost his international hopes.
By Giscard Gourizro
Last Updated: 27/10/09 7:40pm
Ghanaian youngster Andre Ayew has told Marseille that he wants to leave the club in order to boost his international hopes.
The 19-year-old forward won the Under-20 World Cup with Ghana earlier this month and is pushing for a place back in the senior squad having already won 15 caps.
The African Nations Cup is in January while Ghana have already qualified for next summer's World Cup, which will be the first to be held on African soil.
Son of legendary Marseille winger Abedi Pele, Ayew feels that he is no longer wanted at the Stade Velodrome having had an unsuccessful trial at Hertha Berlin this summer before joining second division side Arles-Avagnon on loan until the end of the season.
But Ayew is angling for a permanent move in the January transfer window to a more high-profile club which can also offer him regular first-team football.
"For me, Marseille gave me permission to leave in August," he told skysports.com.
"I'm an ambitious player and playing on loan at Arles-Avignon has not brought my playing level down, even if it is Ligue 2.
"I'm really excited about this year and I want to be involved in the African Nations Cup and the World Cup, where my country has a great chance of doing very well.
"If I don't play week-in, week-out I can't go to those two tournaments, which are huge for my young career."
Ayew has so far made nine appearances for Marseille and spent last season on loan at fellow Ligue 1 side Lorient, scoring three times in 22 games.
But Marseille's sport director, Jose Anigo, insists that Ayew is still part of their plans and they are only willing to let him go for good money.
"He is a very good player and he can't be transferred unless we receive an exceptional offer for him," said Anigo.
"He is part of a great future for Marseille and will be part of the team in June."