Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew has opted to stay with French giants Marseille at least until the end of the season after rejecting offers from English sides Newcastle and Liverpool, GHANAsoccernet.com can reveal.
The 23-year-old, who is an instrumental figure for the former European champions, also snubbed apporaches from Italian club Inter Milan and Napoli to his stay at his mother club.
Ayew has been linked with Liverpool, Inter Milan and Napoli this summer with Newcastle coming in with a late offer to sign the winger.
The Ghana international has a buy-out clause of £15.5m and Liverpool, Inter Milan and Napoli were only willing to pay half of the amount.
Newcastle tabled the biggest offer £8.5m and the terms offered to the winger fell far below his expectation which led to Ayew’s decision to stay at the club.
“Despite several requests from European clubs in recent weeks, Marseille is pleased to announce that Andre Ayew continues his adventure with the club” Marseille said in the statement.
Ayew continues to feature in wide positions for Marseille despite a preference for playing as a central striker.
Despite featuring in 35 games last season, scoring nine goals, it was thought that the player would be interested in a move away in a bid to fully realise his potential.
He will now continue at Marseille where is is expected to fight to stay among the best players in the league despite the presence of big spending clubs Monanco and PSG who have brought some top players to Ligue 1.