Pre-season will help me reach top-form, says West Ham's Ayew

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The Ghana international is enjoying his first full off-season break with the Hammers and he believes it will put him in the right frame of mind

Andre Ayew is hoping a full pre-season tour with West Ham United will get him into top gear to begin the new season starting August 13th.

The Ghana international who had an amazing second half of the season after he returned to the London Stadium to score five goals in 13 appearances.

After being named part of manager Slaven Bilic’s squad for both tours of Austria and Germany, he is hoping this extended time with the squad without international commitments or injuries will take elevate his game to its optimal level.

“I’m feeling good and working hard. We had long days in Austria and now we’re just at the beginning in Germany and we have a few games to come,” Ayew told West Ham TV.

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“We’re working hard here, trying to get fit, working together and getting to know each other, so it’s sweet.

“Pre-season is something which is very, very important and, for me, I’ve not been able to have a real pre-season for a long time because of the international games.

“I have always been coming back later, so to start the pre-season with the squad is quite good. I think I’m going to have a month or more with the squad before the pre-season starts so it’s a good opportunity for me to get myself back together and to feel good before the season.”