Swansea City manager Garry Monk told the club’s official site that he is ‘extremely pleased’ with his first Summer signing – free agent Andre Ayew
Swansea City manager Garry Monk told the club’s official site that he is ‘extremely pleased’ with his first Summer signing – free agent Andre Ayew.
The Swans fended off competition from a number of clubs across Europe who were all hoping to attract the 25 year-old winger, who was available on a free after his contract at Marseille expired this month.
Ayew revealed when he put pen to paper on Wednesday that his dream was always to play in the Premier League. The likes of West Ham United and Crystal Palace reportedly made offers but Ayew felt that it was the Swans who made him feel most welcome.
Monk said how the arrival of Ayew showed how the club has grown even more over the past year.
“I`m extremely pleased we`ve been able to attract someone of Ayew`s quality to this football club,“
“It highlights once again just how far this club has grown year on year, not just in Britain, but globally.
“I said when the season ended that I not only wanted to keep the quality we already had within the squad, but to add to it as well. We`ve certainly done that with Ayew`s arrival.
“He will add quality, experience and versatility – which I like – to the squad. The fans should be really excited about seeing him play.
“When I spoke to him recently he was very football motivated and felt Swansea was the right club for him at the moment to develop his game and progress his career.
“We also felt he was the right fit for this club, so both parties are more than happy.“
Their pulling power now is bigger than ever. Ayew is a player with a reputation that would have attracted some big offers from some big clubs, and it’s a massive coup to see him sign on at the Liberty Stadium for four years.
Ayew adds quality on the wing as well as up front and he can be used in a number of formation systems that suits Monk, who is likely to alternative between 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2-diamond again next season.