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Rohr Wants Ighalo To Leave Relegated Changchun Yatai, For CSL Or European Club

Rohr Wants Ighalo To Leave Relegated Changchun Yatai, For CSL Or European Club

By Johnny Edward:


Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr will be delighted to see Odion Ighalo play in a topflight football league division next season after his Chinese Super League team, Changchun Yatai suffered relegation at the end of the just concluded season, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.


Ighalo finished the Chinese Super League season on a high, scoring 21 goals in 28 games but it was not enough to save Changchun Yatai from relegation.


The 29-year-old is also the top scorer in the 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifying series with six goals in three games.


Rohr who was guest at a breakfast media parley with Nigerian sports editors on Friday in Lagos noted that his top marksman will not be short of suitors when the January transfer window reopens should he decide to leave the CSL.


“I called him (Ighalo) up at the World Cup after I read what was written about him in the social media. He came on at halftime against Argentina because Kelechi Iheanacho was not so good.


“He did well but missed a chance. There was not a good reaction from the fans who were not happy,” Rohr said.


“I think it was not his mistake that we were eliminated. Of course, there were other problems which we spoke about them. Everybody is happy now that Ighalo is scoring well again.”


“Now he’s in the second division, what will happen? I hope he returns to a top division club. He finished as the second top scorer in the Chinese Super League, so I think he will have offers to move to the top flight division.


“He (Ighalo) told me a few days ago that his injury now allows him to run which is already good and he will let me know if he wants to change club. His club (Changchun Yatai) wants, him but I think it is better for us and for him to play in the top division or return to Europe.”


“When you score goals for your team you will get offers.”

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  • abdulrahman 2 years ago

    yes o he must leave yatai for Europe

  • Edoman of New Jersey , USA 2 years ago

    Thank you super coach . Rohr, you are the best coach in the World for Nigeria.

  • HE will probably be better off in China where he is able to bang in the goals.
    At 30 he is at the point where he will be looking for his last big contract. He should easily get a good contract in China where he is proven and likely to be snapped up by a premiership team.

    Coming back to Europe will be risky as if he signs for the “wrong club” he could end up on the bench and that will do his career with the SE damage and see his career fizzle out. 

    He needs to choose wisely and find a club where he will be playing regularly

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    What does he want to come back and do in europe…? Is he eyeing balon dor…??. The young man should remain in china and make all d money he can make biko. Asamoah Gyan was much younger wen he quit premier league football for UAE where he was earning over $100k per week, it still didnt stop him from performing at a very high level for the Black stars. He was one of the deadliest strikers in Africa over that last decade. You would think he was playing for madrid or Man U

  • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

    The choice is totally his to make!
    Who I am to presuppos what would be motivating Ighalo at any point in time.
    Okay, there are arguments in favour of him staying in China, what if a lucrative deal comes up in the MLS in United States. I don’t see any reason why he should not go there.
    If a decent club in Europe comes calling and he decides to challenge himself, even at this Stage of his career, who’s business is it to ask him not to take this up.
    I am very happy for Ighalo because in Spain, England and China, he has proven to be a potent goal scorer.
    Where he goes now is a decision for him, his advisers and his family.
    We are here to read about his eventual destination and give him all our support as steadfast Super Eagles supporters.

    • I’m just mindful that a change in leagues is fraught with problems. See Moses Simon becoming a bit part player in Spain whereas he was a regular in Belgium. Anthony Ujah on the bench for Mainz 05 after his Chinese exploits and Leon Balogun warming the bench at Brighton from Mainz 05.

      Contrast with Omeruo, Agu, Etebo, Uzoho, Aina, Troost, Onyekuru, Ahmed Musa, Osimhen, Chukwueze, all changed clubs this last transfer window and did their careers a wold of good.

      There is no harm going for the final good payday or going for a team that guarantees a starting spot. The coach has given his preference, however, the choice is down to the player according to his priorities

      • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

        I concur with what you said above BigD.
        You laid the points out well and presented two sides of the scenario.
        Like you said, changing leagues have worked a trick for some but less so for others.