West Ham United record-signing Andre Ayew, has said that he is "happy" to reunite with former Marseille team-mate Dimitri Payet.
Reunited and it feels so good
Ayew became Slaven Bilic's sixth signing of the summer, securing the club record move of £20.5m move from fellow Premier League side Swansea City.
The Ghanaian and Payet played with eachother for the Ligue 1 side for two seasons between 2013 and 2015, with both having excellent debut seasons in the English top-flight last year, and Ayew shared his delight at reuniting with the Frenchman.
He told whufc.com: “He’s a friend of mine as we played two or three years together at Marseille" and admitted "I know him and he knows me and I’m happy to be back playing with a great player like him, because I know what he is capable of doing."
Ayew continued: “I know what he did last season and he can do even more, so now I’m back with him we’re going to work together with the whole team and do everything possible to make things right."
Doing the talking on the pitch
Bilic reiterated all summer that the club needed a striker, and had been targeting Ayew for some time. Pressure will come with his club-record fee, however Ayew said that he will do his talking on the pitch, as he looks to repay Bilic's faith in him.
He said: “What is important is the field" and believes "I need to do my job, train hard and be ready to prove that I deserve to play for West Ham – that’s what’s important."
Ayew concluded: “The fee is talks between the clubs, not me" and admitted "my issue is to make sure I give back the coach and the fans the confidence they have given to me and make the West Ham fans proud.”
West Ham United will take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday, August 15 with kick-off at 8pm BST.