PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Odion Ighalo - Changchun says he is not returning to England

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Odion Ighalo - Changchun says he is not returning to England
Odion Ighalo and Victor Moses

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Jan 16, 2018. 10:00

With news reports suggesting that Nigerian and Yatai Changchun striker Odion Ighalo is on his way back to the English Premier League, the Chinese club has rubbished the news as baseless.

The former Watford player in the EPL is reported to be willing to return to the English top-flight, but such news have been denied by his current club.

Changchun have vehemently denied reports that the Super Eagles international has received offers to leave China and return to the England.

According to Sky Sports News, the Nigerian striker is said to be willing to listen to offers from Premier League clubs such as West Bromwich Albion.

"There is a lack of journalistic integrity in some media outlets, whose low-budget fake news not only have negative influence on our players' training, but also put the whole CSL in jeopardy," Changchun Yatai president Liu Yuming said.

"Those baseless fake news spread quickly across the Internet and severely affect our preparations for the new season.

“The club have no choice but to put our players on the front line, so as to strike back at the fake news."

Meanwhile, Yuming also played down talks that the club is looking to sign CSKA Sofia striker Fernando Karanga, saying they are pleased with Ighalo’s contribution.

"We already have a brilliant striker in Ighalo. Why bother buying another foreign one?" adds Yuming.

The Super Eagles hitman has netted 15 goals in 27 Chinese Super League appearances in his debut season.

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