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Marseille president confirms Ayew's departure

Marseille cannot keep their Ghanaian winger for financial reasons

Mohamad Mosselhi , Thursday 14 May 2015
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Marseille's Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew, right, runs past Monaco's midfielder Bernardo Silva during a League One soccer match between Marseille and Monaco at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille, southern France, Sunday, May 10, 2015 (Photo: AP)
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Olympique de Marseille's president Vincent Labrune admitted on Thursday that it would be very difficult to keep the Ghanaian winger, as they cannot compete with other European clubs ready to offer the player more lucrative deals.

Ayew's contract with Marseille expires this summer, after him having spent eight years at the Ligue 1.

Premier League sides Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal have all showed interest in the 25-year-old, who is also targeted by the Serie A giants AS Rome.

"We can’t keep Ayew," Labrune was quoted as saying by Ghanasoccernet on Thursday. “He’s 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.”

"It makes no sense, so unfortunately he is going to quit the club, and we hope that he has the great career that he deserves in England or somewhere else."

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