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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 November 2007, 14:20 GMT
Dede keen to flourish in Europe
Ibrahim Sannie
BBC Sport

Andre 'Dede' Ayew
Dede Ayew has impressed with Marseille's first team

Andre 'Dede' Ayew says his display in the Uefa Champions League has given him the confidence to believe he has a future on the world stage.

The 17-year-old, son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele, who plays for French club Marseille was given his first start in the competition on Tuesday.

Dede was named in the starting line-up ahead of France international striker Djibril Cisse in their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Portuguese outfit Porto.

The youngster hardly put a foot wrong during the game and earned himself high praise for his performance.

But Dede shrugged off the post-match comments stressing that keeping his place in the side will be his biggest challenge.

"It is good to hear the praise from everybody but the most important thing is to stay in the squad and play better in every game," Dede told BBC Sport.

"It is important that I stay here to develop and I am confident of helping to bring success to the club.

"Even though there are big players in the team, the pitch will always decide and I am confident of using this opportunity to show the world what I can do."

Dede signed a professional deal with Marseille in May after impressing with the reserves.



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