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Ighalo shuns ‘big money’ move to China

01 December 2015, 09:48

London - Watford of England striker Jude Odion Ighalo has admitted he considered quitting the Hornets for China, during the summer transfer window.

The 26-year old scored 20 goals for Watford in the English championship last season, and attracted interests from several clubs, with an unnamed Chinese club making the best offer.

But speaking after he scored his 8th goal of the season for Watford in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa last weekend, the Nigerian said he received an immense offer from China that he had three sleepless nights thinking about it.

Also read: Odion Ighalo full of praise for Watford coach

“I received an offer from China and they offered me big money; crazy money, but I turned it down,” the striker said, smiling.

“Like I keep on saying, everything is not about money. I know I don’t have money like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi or other top players but in life everything is not about money.

“For three nights I could not sleep, I kept thinking about it because the Chinese club’s director and everybody was here in London and talking to me every day.

“But I thought about it for three days and I thought the deal wasn’t for me. I have worked hard with this team (Watford) and played in the championship and we gained promotion. This is my dream,” Ighalo stated.

The Nigeria international has been prolific since moving to England, and he has now scored 25 goals in 2015.

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