Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has shed more light on his relationship with his deputy Andre Ayew, saying he would hardly have a drink with the West Ham United star outside the national camp.
Rumours are ever high about a bad blood between the two following Gyan’s recent customisation of the captain’s armband as Ghana hosted Ethiopia in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers two weeks ago.
The Al Ahli player quickly moved to rubbish any ill motive behind the act after the game, but his latest revelation suggests he and the former Marseille man are certainly not best friends either.
“Andre has got his own friends after camp,” Gyan said on Joy FM.
“When I see Andre, we talk like normal friends, I’ve also got my entourage I move around with everywhere I go.
“I cannot call Andre and say Andre, let’s go to the bar or let’s go here; he’s also got his people.
“But when we are in the [national] camp, we are team-mates: we share ideas together, we crack jokes together.
“It doesn’t mean that after camp, we have to do everything together.”
Despite admitting their indifference outside camp, Gyan believes the media has blown the issue out of proportion.
“I hear a lot of things… for me what I will say is that, these media people should stop this rivalry thing, they shouldn’t create something which is not there,” the 31-year-old added.
“Even when I was in Dubai, Andre came with his club for pre-season, he called me, we met and we went out, we ate, and he went back to camp.
“People should not create that, it is not going to help the team, honestly. To summarize everything, Andre is my guy.”
Gyan has been ever present in the national team since making his debut in 2003, four years before Ayew came around.