Odion Ighalo has revealed he is yet to receive an offer to extend his stay at Manchester United and will wait until the end of the season to decide his future.
The Nigerian striker was brought in as a short-term reinforcement at Old Trafford in January, but has hit the ground running in the first few weeks of his loan from Shanghai Shenhua. His form has led to talk of a permanent transfer, a move that Ighalo would presumably like to seal.
However, he has now confirmed that he has not yet made a decision about his future, in one of his most open and revealing interviews since joining United.
There is no offer on the table yet,” Ighalo told Elegbete TV.
“Because the season is still on and I’m yet to finish my loan deal. I don’t just take decisions alone in my life. I have a principle and I have a guideline for everything I do. I always pray to God to direct me.
“I have seen so many tweets about this. I have seen so many people going crazy, [saying] ‘go back to China’, some say ‘stay with Man United’.
“Have you seen me say a word? I don’t have anything to say. When the season’s finished and I get two offers from the two teams, then I will sit and think about it, pray about it and whatever God says I should do, I will go with that.
“I don’t just sit down and take decisions, and I don’t get carried away with whatever people say. I came to Manchester United to play for a pay cut because I wanted to. So anything could happen, but I want the season to finish and my loan to finish. Then I will see everything I have.
“You don’t just rush and do things: ‘I’m going here, I’m going here’. I have to sit down and finish the season well, sit down with my agent, see what’s on the ground: A, B, C, D, is on the ground. Okay we have to pick.
Signing Ighalo permanently may hamper United’s chances of signing a more expensive target, but the former Watford man has made an impression at Old Trafford so far- which he has attributed to the help of three teammates who helped him to settle in.