Sports News of Wednesday, 6 January 2016
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has made a staggering revelation indicating he was persuaded by English Club Sunderland to join UAE side Al Ain.
Gyan came under immense criticism after making the shock move to the Gulf League having hit the limelight in England.
The Black Stars captain joined Sunderland in a Club record fee of £13 million from French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes.
Many football enthusiasts described the Ghanaian international as “money conscious” after his move from the English Premier League in 2012.
The 30-year-old has however revealed that he was influenced by his former Club (Sunderland) to join Al Ain.
“They convinced me to go. They persuaded me to go so when they said that I said ok is because of the money,” he told GTV.
“I didn’t understand the businesswise. They told me when I came there publicity was very good, they were making a lot of money in selling my shirts, so in businesswise it was going well for the Club.
“So after they persuaded me I have to call my family, I called my brother, my Dad, my mom, and they told me if that is what Sunderland is saying and I think is a good deal then I can go for the loan.”
The former Udinese striker won the footballer of the year in Asia on two consecutive occasions scoring over 100 goals for Al Ain in his three-year stint at the Club.