Ghana and Swansea City captain André Ayew could not hide his joy over the plaudits he has been receiving from several managers in the English Championship this season despite their complaints over his big salary.
The 30-year-old has arguably been the best player in the Championship for the past one-and-half seasons.
In recent weeks, Tony Pulis of Sheffield Wednesday, Luton Town’s Nathan Jones, Blackburn Rovers’ Tony Mowbray and Jason Tindall of AFC Bournemouth have all come out to praise the former Olympique Marseille star for playing well and being amongst the best players in the division.
But no one should be surprised because you get what you pay for and Swansea are rumoured to be still paying Ayew a salary of around £80, 000 a week.
When asked how it feels to make other managers respect and praise him for his stellar displays so far in the campaign, the Ghanaian says it’s a good thing.
“I don’t mind, if they’re jealous, then my manager will be happy. I need to keep going the way I’m going,” he replied.
“It’s always good to hear from managers that you’re a good player and the best in the league. I work hard every day to try and make that happen.
“I respect every club in the league. I’ve played in every competition which exists in the world, but I respect this league very much and if I’m not at the top of my game, I won’t get the praises from other managers” Ayew concluded.
Ayew has scored nine goals so far this season, including four in his last eight games which has helped Swansea to be in third place in the league table after 18 games played so far.
It has been years since the attacker made his professional debut in France with Marseille. He has since played for a few clubs around Europe, the likes of West Ham, Fenerbahçe, Lorient and Arles Avignon.
Still only 30, the Ghanaian still has a lot to offer in the next few seasons.
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By Prince Sobayeni