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Ghana star Andre Ayew set to leave Marseille after clashing with coach - Arsenal, Liverpool on alert

Posted On Wednesday, 31st July 2013
Ghana star Andre Ayew is set to leave French giants Marseille after clashing with coach Elie Baup over his desire to play as a playmaker behind the strikers rather that out on the wing.

Honed by the club, Andre Ayew is very attached Marsielle. But he could continue his career abroad, especially in England.

Ghana star Andre Ayew is set to leave French giants Marseille after clashing with coach Elie Baup over his desire to play as a playmaker behind the strikers rather that out on the wing.

Ayew, who has been linked with Premier League sides Liverpool and Arsenal this summer, is seriously considering leaving the club after the coach refused to guarantee him a place behind the strikers where he could score more goals, GHANAsoccernet.com insiders have confirmed.

Widespread media reports in France suggest the son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele was promised the playmaker position at the end of last season when he held clear-the-air talks with Marseille hierarchy over his future at the club.

However, this has not materialized in the club’s pre-season matches as the Ghanaian has been played only on the wings which denies him the chances to score goals and show his creativity.

Baup insists no such agreement was reached and he would not be indulging the player’s positional preference in the upcoming Ligue 1 campaign.

“Who has promised to change our structure? Certainly not me,” Baup said when asked about the reported agreement to play Dede as a playmaker.

“The personal ambitions of a player will prevail over the team’s ambitions. It is not even worth thinking about!,” the coach blasted.

Baup’s comments suggests that Ayew’s somewhat tumultuous relationship with Marseille may be set to continue  and could encourage Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal to keep tabs on the Ghana international as the season unfolds.

Marseille reportedly turned down a £5m bid from Arsenal for Ayew back in 2010, while Manchester United may well have moved on following the arrival of David Moyes.

Last month Ayew expressed his hope that Liverpool would be the club to bring him to the Premier League.

Ayew scored ten goals in 39 appearances for Marseille last season.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. GHFUO, BE SERIOUS NOT PRIDEFUL! says:

    i have watched the coach lots OF TIMESLAST SEASON. BAUP IS NOT A GOOD, TACTICAL COACH. DEDE IS MORE OF AN ASSET TO THE TEAM AS AN ATTACKING MIDFIELDER PLAYING BEHIND THE 2 STRIKERS. THAN HE IS ON THE WING OR AS A STRIKER. GO N WATCH TAPES OF HIM AT THE U20 AFCON N U20 WCUP. EVEN THE AFCON 2010 N DEDE’S SUBSEQUENT PERFORMANCES WITH MARSEILLE WHERE HE SCORED GOALS N DELIVERED ASSISTS.HE IS BETTER AS A PLAY MAKER BEHIND THE 2 STRIKERS. BAUP IS NOT A TECHNICAL COACH. HE SHAA….

  2. mukmin says:

    I would like to see him play in a more creative role, playing on the wing is going to blunt his creativity like @ ghana fou said he was very impressive as a playmaker at the u20 worldcup. These white coaches don’t like playing african players at creative roles they always want to turn them into defensive mids or throw them on the wing

  3. oti-asirifi says:

    This dede ayew guy is notoriously arrogant. Indeed his arrogance stinks and it’s an unhealthy ego in need of repair. His unbridled show of arrogance is a shame. After years of arrogance, he is fastidiously getting out of touch with many people. Insisting to be gifted a preferred position in a team is one of the greatest tragedies of shame cover-ups from his weakness as a player. And for me, what inspires his arrogance is his ignorance of his weakness and that he dede ayew or whatever he calls himself has not graduated to a star (not even to think of a superstar). Olympique de Marseille has seen better stars who demonstrated snow-white loyalty to the club and respect for the decision of their coaches on tactical issues. Is he dede ayew now part of the technical team? What kind of nonsense is this? Superstars who played for Olympique de Marseille such as Jocelyn Angloma, Laurent Blanc, Desailly, Didier, Jean ,Christophe Dugarry, Jean-Pierre Papin, Robert Pirès, Jean Tigana, Chris Waddle , Rudi Völler , Didier Drogba and his own father never requested for preferential positions yet they took the club to great heights. His request for preferred position is just another mask for fear. Other than that he must strive to execute his assigned roles on the pitch better and stop these crazy Maputo behaviors! Ah, who be you? Daneama!

    • pussycat says:

      Woow.This is reason; a very powerful argument. The coach hasn’t told dede he is a flop at the wings. Strong characters perfect their strength and respond to opportunities.

    • Ojam says:

      The “stars” you named had better coaches who knew what they were about! Stars are not “born” or made when they are forced to do things they don’t enjoy doing! A good coach always brings out the best out of a player through conviction not through force!

    • 1 GH. says:

      Oti-Asrifi. You don’t seem to know anything about football. Player roles are issues that are discussed before contracts are signed. If a player feels that he is being used in a wrong place he has the right to complain. A football team is not a dictatorship in which the coach decides all. Micheal Essien could to reach his full potential because Chelsea preferred to use him for Charlie duties instead of his most suited offensive midfield role. When he was worn out, they dumped him, but for the loyalty of JM he would have been finished. See what is happening to Kwadwo Asamoah. Now playing as a left back. Very soon, he would be wasted and dumped. I think Andre has the right to protest. If marseille think they don’t need him in that role, they should let him go. Other clubs should have use for him in the middle. Very soon a coach would want to used Lionel Messi as a goalkeeper and no one would complain.

  4. Mawunyo says:

    I AGREE WITH U ALL

  5. @ Oti..pls if you dont have anything good to say about this young fantastic talented Ghanaian footballer dont convey your comment here at all,b’cos most of us are allergic to your kinda of comment.
    Back to my comment- I think Andre should at ones start thinking of leaving the club since it is said “one cannot drink from the same cup with an enemy”.That coach for sure is tactically bankrupt and doesn’t seem to where to position his players appropraitely.Pls Andre consider Liverpool and Arsenal if you are done with your decision to joining any club in Europe.Marcielle is no more good for you.

  6. percy says:

    this guy is very stupid. You are getting playing time and you are still complaining??? Besides, whats the guarantee that you’ll be made to play on behind the attackers. Only superstars like messi and c.ronaldo can make such requests. Even with that i dont think these white coaches will give in to that. He wants to score more goals??? C.ronaldo plays on the wings but has scored more that many spanish attackers over the last few years he’s been in spain. Dede ayew must STFU. Foolish boy

  7. Nimo says:

    @ asirifi, there’s nothing wrong with being assertive, that’s what strong characters do, they’re not afraid to speak, this is not arrogance at all, if he tries the position and fails but still insists on sticking to it then it becomes arrogance, for now let him try and let his full potentials be known, its not like no one is aware of what he can bring on the table playing in the offensive midfield roll, he proved himself at the world u20 just as the guy mentioned in his comment above

  8. percy says:

    this guy is very stupid. You are getting playing time and you are still complaining??? Besides, whats the guarantee that you’ll be made to play behind the attackers in the aformentioned teams that are interested in you. Only superstars like messi and c.ronaldo can make such requests. Even with that i dont think these white coaches will give in to that. He wants to score more goals??? C.ronaldo plays on the wings but has scored more that many spanish attackers over the last few years he’s been in spain. Dede ayew must STFU. Foolish boy

  9. Nimo says:

    Bring to the table***

  10. Ralph says:

    who said you can be creative on wings?…tell taht to Arjen Robben or Ribery

  11. Chu says:

    Who said Dede’s creativity lies in the middle. This guy is a defensive unit but have stunts. He is the best in the air, his slide tackles are the best and he hardly looses possession. But he is not the kind that runs with pace and he hardly gives a defence splitting pass. He will not occupy that position in the blackstars. He can hang himself if he thinks otherwise. Can he do that in Arsenal or Liverpool? Let Jordan also quit Marseilles because of his brother. Stinking arrogance. Proverbs 16:18

  12. thinker says:

    there are two kinds of people in this world, those who don’t believe in them self and will accept any dog shit that comes their way, and those who would not accept anything below their expectation and will keep on trying until they get there. as the saying goes life is how you make it not how they make it.

  13. Pk dee says:

    Drogba ws a defnder in Marseile n today who is he?if andre is a french man,they wil make him even if he is nt.

  14. arkobby says:

    elia baup is tactically bacnkrupt. it is only dos who nos notin about football dat will mak such derogatory comment about dede.Remember,OM striker are not reliable nd 2 get a player who cold score more frm play maker role, u complain. play him on de wings nd u will be sacked as a coach as u a goin 2 lose matches. u lost back 2 back 2 all de big teams last season. remember dey were on 1-goal project most of their matches last season. monaco hve falcao,psg hve cavani nd ibra. u kant much dese team financially in de transfer market. beside u have not signed any reputable striker but rather choose 2 sell brandao, remy, nasir,ben arfa etc without finding replacement.kam again coach baup if u a not bankrupt. already dey risk loosing their top 4 ranking because dey cannot much de likes of psg,monaco,lyon,montpellier in terms of quality. how many goals did pierre gignac or valbeuna scored last season. do way u elia baup nd does surrogates against de ayews……….

  15. GH Panther says:

    dede is ryt to speak up if he is not being played in his natural position. people will forget abt ur natural role when they start criticizing u for bad performance.

  16. EA1us says:

    @ Ayew, I support you 100%. Don’t let anyone use you as a doormart, this game is BUSINESS. ALWAYS SPEAK OUT!!!!! Leave this French HILLBILLIES bro!





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