Ighalo raring to go after opening up on ‘difficult’ Man Utd talks

Odion Ighalo says he is “buzzing and ready to go” after agreeing to extend his loan deal with Manchester United until January.

Ighalo arrived at Old Trafford on an initial loan lasting until May but, after impressing boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United finally managed to agree an extension after lengthy talks with his parent club Shanghai Shenhua.

The Nigerian, who scored four goals in three starts for the Red Devils before the season was halted, will return to China next year but, for now, he is focused on recreating the form he showed earlier this season.

“I’m really happy,” he told United’s official website. “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.”

Ighalo‘s four goals so far came in the FA Cup and the Europa League and he scored in United‘s last game, a 5-0 win over Austrian side LASK played behind closed doors in March.

As well as putting one foot firmly into the quarter-finals of the Europa League, United are in the last eight of the FA Cup and are three points off fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League table.

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