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Andre Ayew Named France’s Best African Player Of The Season

Andre Ayew Named France’s Best African Player Of The Season

Ghanaian Andre Ayew has been officially named as the best African player in the French Ligue 1, following his impressive season for Marseille.

The 25-year-old was given the honour ahead of Saint-Etienne’s Ivorian striker Max Gradel in second place, and Tunisia’s Aymen Abdennour, who plays for Monaco.

The accolade, known as the Marc-Vivien Foe Award, was presented by French radio station RFI and television broadcaster France 24 to recognise the best African talent in the French top flight.

Upon receiving the award, the son of African football legend Abedi Pele commented on how pleased he was to be recognised by the football community and the media, who voted to name him as their winner for 2014-15.

“I am very honoured to have received such a prize,” the player told the assembled media at the award ceremony. “It’s not just anything for an African player in France.”

“France has had a lot of good African players. I have often been close to winning it and this year was the good one. It just proves I have to work even harder… Only work pays,” added the winger.

“It’s been a good season. Maybe one of my best. I’ve improved a lot. I am happy but I can do better and work harder to improve even more,” he explained.

Ayew’s performances for Marseille, and the Ghana national team at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), where the Black Stars ended the tournament as runners up to eventual winners Cote D’Ivoire, have caught the eye of many top sides in Europe, with interest reported in England, Italy and Germany.

English teams linked to the player include Manchester United, Arsenal, Newcastle United, Tottenham, Swansea City, Everton and Liverpool, while German clubs Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg are all rumoured to be keen on his signature.

Italy is another potential destination for the talent, with Roma, Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Napoli looking at the possibility of luring Ayew to Serie A.