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Do You Believe This: Odion Ighalo Said He Turned Down Offer From Barcelona

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Odion Ighalo

It is hard to believe, but Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has revealed that he turned down a January move to join La Liga champions, Barcelona.

According to Ighalo, the offer came after he finished the 2018 season as the Chinese Super League’s second-top scorer with 21 goals for Changchun Yatai.

The fort Watford star said had he signed, it would have been a loan move.

Ighalo said rejecting the Catalan giants was an ‘easy decision’ because he had no intention of going to the Nou Camp to warm the Barca bench.

He explained: ‘My agent spoke to me about a loan interest from Barcelona. The club wanted a striker with La Liga experience and someone who understands Spanish football.

‘It was meant to be a six-month loan and strictly as a back-up striker. It was nice to hear that Barcelona were interested and any footballer would be more than happy to take it.

‘With due respect I had just finished as the second top scorer in China with 21 goals, I deserve better and didn’t want to be a short-term player somewhere.

‘We rejected it, it was an easy decision to make and I chose to stay in China by joining Shanghai Shenhua on a longer contract.’

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