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Andre Ayew may stay at Marseille

May 13, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Andre Ayew has suggested he could stay at Marseille next season after helping the club back into the Champions League.

Andre Ayew
GettyImagesAyew may yet stay at Marseille

Marseille are certain to finish as runners-up to Paris Saint-Germain after PSG's title-clinching victory at Lyon on Sunday, which guarantees Elie Baup's men a place in the Champions League group stages.

Ayew, 23, has been central to OM's unexpected success in the current campaign. The Ghana international has been linked with both Manchester United and Barcelona, but told Le Phoceen that his future could yet lie at the Stade Velodrome.

"For the moment, the season isn't finished - but after that we'll sit down with the president and see what the club wants and what we can do, if we continue together or not,” he said. “I'm happy here. I could stay."

Ayew's decision may well be influenced by how Marseille spend the €25 million windfall Champions League participation will bring.

Having slashed their wage bill by €20 million in recent months, they are in a buoyant financial position again and have been linked with players including Lille's Dimitri Payet and Nice striker Dario Cvitanich.

Given the relative lack of activity in last summer's transfer window to improve a side that had finished tenth under Didier Deschamps, Marseille had not been expected to end up so high in the table.

"Where we are today, we only owe it to ourselves - the players, the staff, the coach,” Ayew said. “No-one imagined us being in this position.”

But he said the players had been upset by criticism from some fans, who had not always warmed to Marseille’s style of play.

"We've been on the podium all season long, but sometimes we came back home and the fans were against us,” he added. “Things like that hurt.

“They weren't happy, and we didn't know why, but we have given everything for the club. We don't have any regrets. It was a transition year, but we did the most important thing - getting the club back in the Champions League."