Swansea City boss hails Andre Ayew's experience and qualities

Published on: 13 September 2019

Swansea City manager, Steve Cooper has hailed Andre Ayew's qualities confirming that the Ghanaian had offers but decided to stay at the club.

The Swans had been eager to offload the Ghana international in the summer in a bid to further reduce the wage bill.

Several clubs in Europe were in race to sign the 29-year-old but the former West Ham forward astonishingly refused to move on transfer deadline day.

However, Andre made an instant impact on his return to Swansea's first team, scoring a brace in a 3-1 Carabao Cup win over Northampton Town last month.

"Andre’s a high-profile player here at Swansea and in the Championship and he did have offers. He could have gone. But the most important thing to say is that he’s wanted to stay because he believes in what we’re doing and he wants to be a part of it," added Cooper.

"My gut feeling was that that would be the case. I just saw a really motivated player every single day.

"My experience of Andre, as with all the players, have only been positive. He’s obviously a talented player, he's making a difference in game and he's performing well, but he’s also captain of his national team, he has experience and has been more than willing to share that and trying to get the best out of others.

"I've really enjoyed my conversations with him, he understands the game and I look forward to working with him.

"The key to everything is motivation. If you're motivated then you get the best out of yourself. With him staying he’s obviously motivated to do well here and if he does that I think everybody will be a winner, especially him."