In an in-depth interview, he discusses how his mother can barely watch some of his tensest games, how his journey from Ghana to a professional academy in France was a tough one – and which former teammate he would bring to Crystal Palace.
“My mum didn’t want me to stay there because she felt I was not ready, but my dad said: ‘Listen, just let him go for one or two years.’ She was not happy, because she wanted me to come back home. I went when I was 14 – and didn’t come back until I was 23!” Ayew remembers.
“It was a massive change. I was sad – honestly, after four months I called my mum and said: ‘I want to come home, I cannot do it.’ My dad said: ‘You are not coming home. You made a decision and you need to honour that decision.’”
You can read the full feature interview with Ayew in the Spurs matchday programme now.
Also inside are features on Palace and Spurs shared ‘Total Football’ heritage , the joy of a last-minute winner, updates from David Obou and Paddy McCarthy, and a message from Doc Brown about keeping the Faith.