Former Nigeria international Odion Ighalo has revealed that he rejected offers from Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur and other top clubs in the premier league to join Manchester United.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed Ighalo on Deadline Day for six months loan in what many called one of the unlikeliest move in the 2020 January transfer window.
Ighalo’s performance was so impressive that his stay was extended for another six months. He scored five goals in 23 appearances before leaving the club in January 2021 to join Saudi Arabia side Al-Shabab.
On the Tottenham move, Ighalo told Sky Sports, “That was close – my agent called me and told me they (Tottenham) had offered to match whatever I was earning but once I heard Manchester United were interested, there was no turning back.
“I couldn’t think about anything else other than making the Manchester United deal work. I was going to have to take a pay cut but I didn’t care, I just wanted the deal to happen.
“I just wanted to play for Manchester United. It’s my dream club and it was always going to be a privilege for me to play at Old Trafford.
“I’m just so grateful to God that it happened. Every day I wake up and I know that I am an ex-Manchester United player. It is something that I will never take for granted.”
The 31-year-old also revealed he had offers from other Premier League clubs.
“Yeah, there was the possibility of West Ham and West Brom to stay in the Premier League, which I thought about,”he added.
“But after being at Manchester United, the biggest club in England if not the world, what else could I possibly do in the Premier League?
“I had good offers to stay in England, but I just didn’t think I could stay after achieving my dream of playing for the club I had supported since I was young.
“I came all the way from China because it was Manchester United when I had already rejected other offers because United has always been my dream.”