Saturday, 6 February 2016
I turned down Chinese Money for EPL Glory-Ighalo
The Nigeria International and Watford striker Odion Ighalo claims to have turned down almost £300,000 per week to play in China in favour of pursuing his Premier League “dream”.
The former Granada striker has bagged in 15 goals so far this season and he is in form of his life.
Ighalo says he came “very close” to moving to Hebei China Fortune last year, but turned down their mega-money offer in order to achieve a lifelong ambition.
“I was very close,” he said, as quoted by The Daily Mail. “They made a £10million bid and were offering me over £200,000 a week; a four-year contract.
“I couldn’t sleep for three days. That kind of money is not easy to turn down. Some team-mates in the dressing room were saying ‘You can’t miss this chance’. But I don’t jump into decisions like that.
“I prayed about it and God said it was not for me, no matter how much money it was. I knew God would direct me.
“When I said I don’t want to go, they offered me more money, almost £300,000 a week. I told them it’s not about the money.
“When I was in Ajegunle, I was watching the Premier League, dreaming one day I would be part of it. If I keep doing what I’m doing I can enjoy my football in England for four, five or six years.
“I helped this team to promotion. How can I leave because of money? I know money is good. With that sort of money I can secure my life. But you can’t sell your dream.”
And Ighalo admits there may come a time when he will be persuaded to take up an offer.
“They have called again and I have turned them down again,” he said. “Maybe if I keep scoring goals, that team will come with triple the money at the end of the season.
Is he the best Nigerian Striker at the Moment?
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