Wednesday Oct 21, 2020. 11:00
Ghana international Asamoah Gyan has confirmed that he is keen to join Ghana’s most successful club Asante Kotoko.
The 34-year-old marksman is currently a free-agent after leaving Indian Super League club NorthEast United at the end of the 2019/20 season.
It has been reported that Gyan’s high salary demand has proven a stumbling block to a deal with Kotoko thus far, but the veteran player has dismissed this.
“I have said on countless occasions that I have Kotoko at heart. I have also said I will play for them before I retire from the game,” Gyan said on Football Ghana.
“As I’m without a club, there were speculations that the deal has been finalised but as a professional football player, we don’t deal like that.
“I have made it known that I will play for them but at least we have to go through processes because I’m still a professional footballer. I don’t want people to downgrade the Ghanaian league,” he continued.
“At times people even get it wrong [by their assumption] that if a player travels abroad, then he then becomes a professional footballer. But they don’t know that the Ghana league is professional.
“Kotoko should do everything professional although I have said I will play for them. I can’t just stand up and say I’m going to play for the club. I’m available so when they are ready, we have to sit down and go through whatever is involved in terms of signing a contract.”
Gyan started his professional career at Ghanaian Premier League club Liberty Professionals in 2003, before moving to Italian club Udinese in the same year.
“The new [Kotoko] chief executive [officer] Nana Yaw Amponsah is my friend and a partner. He is a good guy and knows everything about the game. We talk behind the scene but it’s not even about football because of our [kind of] relationship,” he added .
“Kotoko should just do things right, they need to do things that will suit the player and the club before the deal can go through. We don’t do a deal just like that.
“If everything goes the way I expect, I will join Kotoko. Football is my job and everything will depend on me and the club but it’s all about negotiations. People will say I have money,” he explained.
“So I should play for free, but we don’t do that. If it happens that way, it means you are trying to take advantage of me, people have the impression I love the club, so I will play for free, no, I won’t do that.”
Kotoko, who are two-time CAF Champions League winners, have won a record 24 Ghanaian Premier League titles and the most Super Cups (three).