Odion Ighalo has provided an update on his future at Manchester United.
The Nigerian striker’s loan contract expires on May 31, but he is set to stay until at least the end of the season after FIFA announced an extension to players’ contracts amid the coronavirus postponement.
However, he has revealed in a recent interview that he has not yet received an offer to remain at Old Trafford after this campaign reaches its conclusion.
“Because the season is still on and I’m yet to finish my loan deal. I don’t just take decisions alone in my life. I have a principle and I have a guideline for everything I do. I always pray to God to direct me.
“I have seen so many tweets about this. I have seen so many people going crazy, [saying] ‘go back to China’, some say stay with Man United. Have you seen me say a word? I don’t have anything to say. When the season’s finished and I get two offers from the two teams, then I will sit and think about it, pray about it and whatever God says I should do, I will go with that.
“I don’t just sit down and take decisions, and I don’t get carried away with whatever people say. I came to Manchester United to play for a pay cut because I wanted to. So anything could happen, but I want the season to finish and my loan to finish. Then I will see everything I have.”
It is likely that Ighalo will receive a permanent offer given his impact in his short-term at Old Trafford. The 30-year-old provides a great option on the bench that Solskjaer can rotate as he looks to keep his attack fresh.
Four goals in eight games for his boyhood club is an impressive return and most fans would hope to see his stay beyond this season.
Ighalo’s current contract with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua expires at the end of next season and it it believed he has been offered £400,000 per-week to extend his stay.
His future could be determined by his desire to continue playing for his dream club, or earning incredible money back in China.
Regardless, we feel Solskjaer should also be targeting a younger striker to focus his long-term rebuild around this summer.