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Ighalo: Why I turned down a move to Barcelona

Odion Ighalo was reportedly close to completing a move from his Chinese club Changchun Yatai to Spanish giants Barcelona during the winter transfer but the move never materialised.

The former Watford striker who was a guest on SkySports on one of their lunchtime shows was tipped to join other top Premier League club before he eventually joined another Chinese club Shanghai Shensua on deadline day.

The move to Barcelona was widely received as he would have joined the likes of Gbenga Okonkwo, Emmanuel Amunike as Nigerians to have played for the Catalan giants but according to a source close to the striker he opted out of the move secure his future.

“The deal was for me to play on loan for a season, but I was not ready to take chances as my playing minutes could not be guaranteed and at end of the season I will be a free agent,” Ighalo told friends on the sidelines of a birthday party he threw for his mother in Lagos before he headed out to the Super Eagles camp in Asaba.

“I preferred to secure my future by signing a longer deal in China instead and that was why the Barcelona move fell through.”

Odion Ighalo who will spearhead the Super Eagles attacker against Seychelles and Egypt is one of the first to players to arrive Eagles camp.

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