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Odion Ighalo finally speaks after completing ‘difficult’ Manchester United loan extension

Odion Ighalo has finally spoken about his difficult loan extension from Shanghai Shenhua to Manchester United on Monday.

It was not an easy deal but the Nigerian got his wish to continue to play for the club he supported as a kid growing up in Nigeria.

It was announced on Monday that the the former Granada man would remain at Old Trafford on loan until January 2020 after his parent club, Shanghai Shenhua and Manchester United finally found a common ground.

The deal will reportedly cost Manchester United £10.5m the fee which covers the his salary and an eight month signing fee to Shanghai Shenhua.

And Odion Ighalo is just super happy this issue has been resolved.

‘I’m really happy,’ said Ighalo. ‘It’s a dream for me to be here. I’m buzzing and ready to go.

‘I feel okay. The last few days have been difficult as there have been different talks about it but now I’m really happy so I need to concentrate fully. I’m here until the end of January, so it’s good for me.

‘I decided I want to stay and I’m happy. Since the first day I arrived, I made it clear that I wanted whatever it takes to continue that work. It was very difficult, there were some talks, but I’m happy they finally agreed and got everything done. Everything is official now.

‘I’m sending thanks to the Shanghai president and director for the support because they know this is what I want. So I’m thanking them and I’m happy that this has happened. They wish me all the best too.

‘Like I’ve said, since I was young, I’ve been supporting this club and playing for it is a dream. Now I’ve extended my loan, it makes it more even clear and I’m committed as I know, in my head, I’m here until January ending. I just want to work hard and enjoy it, support the team and do whatever I can to make us go higher and higher.’

Tope Adefala

Tope Adefala is an experienced sports writer, editor, and web designer. A former editor at Sportlineng.com. Talks sports with a great bias for Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey and Football. Presently the media officer of Nigeria Hockey Federation. I have been in the business of Sports communication and marketing for more than 10 years. Not forgetting that I won West African University Games, Nigeria University Games gold medals. You can find me on Twitter @1topham.

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