Arsenal dealt blow in chase for £10 million-rated star

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Marseille forward Andre Ayew looks set to snub a move to Arsenal in favour of signing a new deal with the Ligue 1 side.

Ayew, considered one of the brightest talents in the French league, has attracted interest from all over Europe, but it was the Gunners who appeared to lead the way in the race for his signature.

The Ghanaian international is contracted to Marseille until 2014, and while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was confident he could persuade the 21-year-old to make the switch to the Emirates Stadium, Ayew insists his future remains in France.

"No, I never thought about leaving. I want to stay at L'OM. A departure is not part of my career path yet," he is quoted as saying by TalkSport.

"There were rumours, but I didn't comment. There is a right time for everything. I am fine at Marseille. But indeed it is true foreign clubs were keen to act.

"If the club wants to extend my contract and erase that clause, we will find a good moment to talk. It is up to the club. If the officials want to start to negotiate, it is up to them."

Ayew made his debut for Marseille at 17 before signing his current deal, and the talented youngster is expected to put pen to paper with the Ligue 1 outfit at the end of the season.

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