Wednesday Jun 03, 2020. 13:00
Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo has expressed his delight at signing an extended loan contract which will keep him at Manchester United until the end of January 2021.
The former Super Eagles player’s initial loan at the Red Devils from Shanghai Shenhua expired at the end of May, but the clubs were able to negotiate an extension which means Ighalo will be able to finish the current season and feature in the opening months of the next campaign.
The 30-year-old made an impressive impact at United after his surprise move in January 2020, scoring four goals from eight appearances across all competitions.
“I’m really happy,” Ighalo is quoted by United’s official website. “It’s a dream for me to be here. I’m buzzing and ready to go.
“I feel okay. The last few days have been difficult as there have been different talks about it but now I’m really happy so I need to concentrate fully. I’m here until the end of January, so it’s good for me.
“I decided I want to stay and I’m happy. Since the first day I arrived, I made it clear that I wanted whatever it takes to continue that work. It was very difficult, there were some talks, but I’m happy they finally agreed and got everything done. Everything is official now.
“I’m sending thanks to the Shanghai president and director for the support because they know this is what I want. So I’m thanking them and I’m happy that this has happened. They wish me all the best too.
“Like I’ve said, since I was young, I’ve been supporting this club and playing for it is a dream. Now I’ve extended my loan, it makes it more even clear and I’m committed as I know, in my head, I’m here until January ending. I just want to work hard and enjoy it, support the team and do whatever I can to make us go higher and higher.”
Man United are likely to return to competitive action with a match away to Tottenham Hotspur on the weekend of 19-21 June.