Retired Super Eagles striker and former Manchester United loanee Jude Odion Ighalo has reportedly agreed to play his next professional football in Saudi Arabia for the club side Al-Shabab.
The former Udinese strikers time in North of England came to an end at the turn of the new year, and was set to return to his Chinese side parent club, Shanghai Shenhua, but the striker seems set not to move too far East and would stay in the Middle-East, as he is reportedly subject to only passing his medicals so as to sign a contract with the former Saudi Arabian league champions.
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News of Odion Ighalo signing for Al-Shabab is coming just days after his loan spell at Old Trafford came to an end, with the striker penning down a heartfelt farewell message to the fans. Odion Ighalo wrote in a tweet:
‘It’s so hard to see this dream come to an end.
‘But I give God the glory for helping me fulfil this lifelong dream of putting on a Manchester United shirt as a player and represent this great club, it was indeed an honour I will forever cherish and be grateful for.
‘To the manager, I say thank you for trusting and believing in me when many did not. To my amazing team-mate, I will miss you guys, it was always fun… and I pray we win the league and FA Cup this year. To the best fans in the world (the Manchester United fans) we have missed you, but we hear your voices cheering us on from afar, we can’t wait to have you all back in the stands. ‘I’m still and will remain a Manchester United fan forever. Once a Red, always a Red. Thank you Manchester United and God bless.’
Ighalo scored five goals across 23 appearances in all competitions for United.
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