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Odion Ighalo having a swell time at Al-Shabab

Odion ighalo


Former Super Eagles forward Odion ighalo says he is enjoying his sojourn with Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab.  The former Chinese Super league ace who enjoyed a short loan period with Manchester United before heading to Saudi Arabia, said there is nothing as inspiring as having the fans a club love and appreciate what you are doing.

He expressed satisfaction with the tempo at which club is going so far topping the league and evening eyeing the title.

The 33 year old bared his mind in an exclusive interview with Skysports and was asked what it has been like since joining the club.

“I’m enjoying it, that’s the most important thing – the fans love me and I am enjoying my time in a different country, a different league and culture. We’re top of the league at the moment so hopefully we can keep going and win it.

Ighalo who remained optimistic that he will be retained at the Old Trafford till the last minute especially after netting five goals in 23 appearances for the Reds, however said it became inevitable for him to go because he wanted more playing time and was not just interested in picking salaries and ball watching from the bench. He however revealed that his love for the club remains intact.

“There wasn’t much possibility because I wanted more playing time. At my age, I want to play and not just sit on the bench and not have any minutes.

I didn’t just want to be there picking up a salary – I wanted to be involved so I said to my agent that if an offer comes in, I will look at it and see what’s best for me, which is what I did.

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I’m so happy that my path crossed with Manchester United – it’s the club I love with all my heart and for all my life so playing for them was a big privilege that I do not take for granted.

No matter the circumstances that led me to leave, I will always be grateful to the coach, my team-mates, the fans, and everyone around Manchester United” he enthused.





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