Ighalo: EPL Is Great, Will Go Back If Opportunity Comes

Ighalo: EPL Is Great, Will Go Back If Opportunity Comes

Nigeria forward,Odion Ighalo, says he is not ruling out a return to the English Premier League in the future.

 

Ighalo joined Chinese Super League topflight club Changchun Yatai in the January transfer window following a forgetable second season in the EPL with Watford.

 

Ighalo who was unveiled by Changchun Yatai on Monday, stated that if the chance of going back to play in England arises, he will surely take it. 

 

"I am looking forward to the challenge of playing in China," Ighalo told espnfc.co.uk

 

"I know life goes on and I must do what is best for me. My agent, Ladi [Salami], worked hard of sorting my future out and I happy with the deal.

 

"Of course, if it is possible to come back to the Premier League one day, I would love to do that. It is a great league with so many great teams and the fans are brilliant, so you never know what might happen in the future."

 

The former Granada striker recalled happy moments while at Watford and dismissed talks that he signed for Changchun Yatai because of money.

 

"I have a lot of happy memories from time at Watford, helping them win promotion to the Premier League, scoring goals in the Premier League breaking a lot of records, so they are great memories for me," he said.

 

"The fans were great to me and I would like to thank them for their support, and I will miss Watford."

 

"I need to play more and I want to play every game and that was not happening at Watford this season," he said.

 

"Don't get me wrong, the money is good in China, but I am going there to play. I have been in Europe now for 10 years and I think playing in China will be a good challenge for me so it was time to go.

 

"I turned down bigger money last year to go to China, so it is not just about the money. I want to go there and play and make a big effort to be successful."

 

Watford turned down offers from West Brom and Crystal Palace during last month's transfer window, and although the Nigerian admitted he preferred to staying in the Premier League to elsewhere, he is now gearing himself up for life in China.

 

"West Brom wanted me but Watford put a price on me that they could not afford and, two days before the close of the transfer window, Crystal Palace tried to sign me too, but were put off by the price Watford put on me," he said.

 

"Changchun Yatai agreed to pay the price Watford wanted so I am focused on doing my best for them.

 

"I have been doing some research on them and watching some highlights of games. The Chinese Super League is trying to get better and some teams have signed lots of big players who have played in the Premier League.

 

"I have played in the Premier League so playing in China will be a different challenge and I just want to play as much as I can and score goals to help my team."

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