Ghana’s Andre Ayew joins Qatari champions Al Sadd on two-year contract

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SWANSEA, WALES - MARCH 06: André Ayew of Swansea City celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Middlesbrough at the Liberty Stadium on March 06, 2021 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Ghanaian captain Andre Ayew joined Qatari side Al Sadd on a two-year deal with an option for a third following the expiry of his contract at Welsh side Swansea City.

FILE PHOTO: André Ayew of Swansea City celebrates scoring during a past Sky Bet Championship match in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Ayew was a free agent after Swansea did not renew his contract at the end of the season in which he scored 16 goals in 43 matches as the team just missed out on promotion to the Premier League by losing in the Championship playoff final.

Reports suggest the 31-year-old could earn more than $200,0000 a week at the reigning Qatar Stars League champions.

Al Sadd, currently coached by Spain and Barcelona legend Xavi, holds a special place in Ayew’s heart as it is the club where his father, Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew, began his overseas career for the first time in the early 1980’s.

Ayew’s transfer echoes a similar one by former Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan from English Premier League club Sunderland to Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates in July 2012 having been loan at the club since September 2011.

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(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)

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