Friday Jan 15, 2021. 14:00
Former Nigeria international Odion Ighalo is open to moving to the United States of America (USA) as he eyes a move to Major League Soccer (MLS) club Inter Miami.
The 31-year-old striker is set to return to his parent club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua following a 12-month loan spell at English giants Manchester United.
Ighalo will return to Chinese Super League side Shenhua at the end of the month, but he is not planning to stay in China for the long-term.
“I have been watching MLS and the league is doing well and I would like to play in the MLS,” Ighalo told ESPN.
“I have to wait for offers and if the opportunity arises, I will take it because the league is doing well and it is a good life and I would love it.
“Lots of players go there. Even Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus is there, also Giovanni dos Santos. Why not? I would like to go there if an opportunity arises,” he added.
“Being an experienced player, going there, doing well. It is an opportunity if it comes for me. The David Beckham club [Inter Miami] is growing, so if an opportunity arises why not?”
Ighalo impressed as an impact player in the second round of the 2019/20 season scoring five times from 19 competitive matches for United.
The former Watford marksman has struggled for game time this season having made just four appearances, but he has no regrets about joining the Red Devils.
“It was a good one and a tough one, before I came to United I never thought I would play,” he said. I’m a Reds fan. If you ask anybody where I grew up, we fight because of Manchester United,” he said.
“We quarrel and argue. So when my team didn’t do well they would start to insult and argue with me and I cried. I can tell you I’m the happiest man on earth for my dream to come true, I fulfilled my dream.
“I remember the night my agent called me to tell me Manchester United wanted me, it was 10 or 11pm. Shanghai time. I was under my bed naked, I didn’t sleep until daybreak,” he added.
“I don’t care about a pay cut, I just want go to Manchester United because this is my dream. I was under my bed shivering and walking around my room and I did not sleep until 6am.
“I’m fulfilled as a football player, if I don’t achieve anything from now when I finish my career I am fulfilled.”
Ighalo, who netted 16 goals from 35 international matches for Nigeria, is contracted to Shenhua until 2024.