Jordan Ayew: This is why I quit Aston Villa
By Matt Farr
Ghana international Jordan Ayew claims he quit Aston Villa last month to prove himself in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old agreed a deadline day move to Swansea, in a deal that saw left-back Neil Taylor arrive at Villa Park, and insists he is “one of the happiest people in the world”.
Ayew endured a turbulent time at Aston Villa, following his £8million move from Lorient in 2015, and was part of the squad that was relegated from the Premier League in the 2015-16 season.
He struggled to establish himself as a consistent, prolific goalscorer in the Villa side, netting only 10 goals from his 58 appearances for the club.
He managed just three goals in the Championship under Steve Bruce this term.
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However, in a bid to push through a move to Swansea, Ayew admitted that he turned down the opportunity to return to France, as he instead had his sights set on a return to the Premier League.
He believes he has unfinished business in the top-flight, and was grateful for the opportunity.
He told the Birmingham Mail: “I am so grateful for this chance, I am one of the happiest people in the world.
“There were opportunities to go to France and elsewhere but I wanted to be in the Premier League at a club that is growing in confidence and plays good football.
“It was difficult with Aston Villa and I feel like I have a lot I want to prove in the Premier League.”
He is in line to make his debut for the club against Leicester on Sunday, having seen his arrival delayed due to his Africa Cup of Nations duties.
By joining Swansea, he is following in the footsteps of older brother Andre, who played for the Wales-based club for the 2015-16 season. He joined West Ham in the summer.
In other Aston Villa news, this youngster has shared his delight on Twitter after signing a new deal with the club.