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Swansea boss admits Andre Ayew is too good for the Championship

By Vincent Ashitey
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Swansea City boss Steve Cooper is to discuss the future with Andre Ayew after admitting the forward is too good for the Championship.

The Swans' hopes of playing in the Premier League were dashed on Wednesday after bowing to a 3-1 loss against Brentford.

Ayew's strike gave Swansea City a 1-0 lead in the first leg but goals from Ollie Watkins, Emiliano Marcondes and Brian Mbeumo in the return fixture turned the result around at Griffin Park.

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Ayew has a year to run on his sizeable contract, but may move on after Swansea missed out on promotion to the Premier League.   

"I think that's a conversation me and Andre need to have," Cooper was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

"I would like nothing more than for Andre to be playing with us again next season.

"We have seen the real level of player he is this year, with the goals he has scored and the impact he has had on and off the pitch. It's been brilliant to work with him.

"But I understand Andre is a better player than the Championship. That's a matter of fact and I am sure he will have offers to do that." 

Cooper has hinted that will the Swans' deputy captain contract set to run out there would be contract discussions with him.

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"We need to have a good conversation over the next couple of days. We trust each other 100 per cent and in the end we will come to a resolution that's right for everybody," he added.

"I understand that it'll be a talking point, whether he stays or goes.

"Whatever Andre decides to do, he will have thought about it long and hard about it, that's for sure, and we'll see where it goes."

He has shone under Cooper, scoring 18 goals and claiming seven assists in 47 appearances.