Odion Ighalo set to join Saudi club

Odion Ighalo set to join Saudi club
Manchester United's Odion Ighalo

by Bertin Basson

Monday Feb 01, 2021. 16:00

Odion Ighalo is reportedly set to join Saudi Pro League club Al-Shabab.

According to Sky Sports, the 31-year-old’s move to Al Leith is subject to him passing a medical and agreeing personal terms, after Shanghai Greenland Shenhua had given him permission to speak to the Saudi Arabian side.

Ighalo, 31, was due to return to China following 12 months at Manchester United, who he joined on-loan from Greenland Shenhua in January last year.

The Nigerian forward scored five goals in 23 appearances for the Red Devils and penned an emotional goodbye upon his departure from Old Trafford, having lived his boyhood dream.

“It’s so hard to see this dream come to an end,” Ighalo wrote on Instagram. “But I give God the glory for helping me fulfil this lifelong dream of putting on a Manchester United shirt as a player and represent this great club, it was indeed an honour I will forever cherish and be grateful for.

“To the manager I say thank you for trusting and believing in me when many did not. To my amazing team-mates I will miss you guys, it was always fun and a time I look forward to training and spending time with all of you. And I pray we win the league and FA Cup this year.

“To the best fans in the world we have missed you, but we hear your voices cheering us on from afar, we can’t wait to have you all back on the stands.

“I’m still and would remain a MANCHESTER UNITED FAN forever. Once a Red, always a Red.

“Thank you @manchesterunited and God bless.”

Al-Shabab boast former Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega on their books, as well as Senegal international Alfred N’Diaye.

The Riyadh-based club currently occupy top spot on the Pro League standings.

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