July 7, 2020

Chinese club, Yatai rule out Ighalo EPL return

January 15, 2018

.I'm ready to leave if ―Ighalo

Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo


Changchun Yatai of China have vehemently denied reports that Odion Ighalo has received offers to leave China and return to the Premier League.

Sky Sports News claimed last week that the Nigerian striker would be willing to listen to offers from Premier League clubs, and the Birmingham Mail revealed that West Bromwich Albion were planning to recruit the former Watford hitman in January.

“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 told club official channel.

“Those baseless fake news spread quickly across the Internet and severely effect 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 those fake news.”

Liu Yuming also rubbished Bulgarian reports that they are considering a move for CSKA Sofia striker Fernando Karanga, stating that they are pleased with the Nigeria international who scored 15 goals in 27 Chinese Super League appearances in his debut season.

“We already have a brilliant striker in Ighalo. Why bother buying another foreign one?”

Meanwhile, with the January transfer period still on and the Chinese Super League new season to kick off on the 1st of March, the news about a possible return to the English Premier League for Super Eagles and Changchun Yatai of China forward Odion Jude Ighalo has refused to go away, now the former Watford man has revealed that he would move if the offer is right and his demand met.

Ighalo painted the English Premier League with goals in his first season and is a fan of the most entertaining league in the World. The former Granada FC forward told AOIFootball.com exclusively he would welcome a move from Changchun Yatai to England only if it is something good.

“I have always been a fan of the premier league. If something good comes up there why not,” he said.

Speaking further the bulky forward however pointed out that it has to be a move that suites him.

“It has to be an interesting offer, I must say and it must match my demand, requirement and dream,” the former Udinese of Italy forward concluded.

Ighalo scored 15 times last season for Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai. It was his first season in China.

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