Former Nigeria international Odion Ighalo has admitted that he thought an agreement between Manchester United and his parent club Shanghai Shenhua would not be reached over extending his loan deal, Completesports.com reports.
Ighalo joined United in January from Shanghai Shenhua,but with the deal originally only running until the end of May, there were fears that he would not be at Old Trafford for the end of the season.
With the Premier League set to resume in June after a three-month suspension due to the coronavirus outbreak, United managed to reach an agreement with Shanghai Shenhua to extend Ighalo’s loan until January 2021.
“I was very worried it wasn’t going to happen,” Ighalo told Sky Sports News.
“Shanghai wanted me to return because they know what I can do, and they believe in me so it was a bit difficult. But I want to thank them for agreeing to my wish to stay at Manchester United.
“I want to thank the manager Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] for pushing as well.
“It’s so hard to explain, but I still have the same feeling. I want to go every day to train with these young players and show what I can do. This is a great achievement for me to be at this club and I will never take it for granted.”
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations top scorer stated that joining United at this late stage in his career makes the dream even more enjoyable.
He added: “I’m going to be 31 soon and playing for United is something great for me,” he added. “It is happening towards the last stage of my football career, which makes me feel even happier.
“That’s why I cherish every moment of being at this club.
“For now, I just want to continue living my dream.”
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