Manchester United’s newest acquisition, Odion Ighalo has revealed that he took a pay-cut to complete his ‘dream move’ on deadline day.
Ighalo, who happens to be a lifelong Manchester United fan, completed his deadline day move from the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on loan, and said that his mother cried after hearing the news and parties were hosted in the streets where he grew up as a kid.
Speaking to the club’s website, the 30-year-old Nigeria center-forward said,
"At 11pm in Shanghai, my agent called me [to say] that United want to do the deal, so I woke up that night and started looking for a translator to go to the directors' room and hit his door.
"'My agent wants to speak to you, United are coming for me, you have to make this happen'."
“He (agent) said: ‘You’re going to get a pay cut to go to United.’ I said: ‘I don’t care. Make this deal happen. I want to go to United. I don’t care how much is the pay cut, I know that, make it happen.’”
He also mentioned that there were interests from other clubs as well, but his heart was set on joining United.
"A few other clubs had shown interest, I said 'please, just pick United, if it's going to be possible'," he said.
"I called my mum and she was happy, crying," he said.
"I know many people used to say when they join a team, they say that they dream of playing for that team. Mine was not the case. I supported the team when I was young.
"People that know me, even back in Nigeria, and even when I was playing at Watford, my team-mates knew that I loved Manchester United, I support them."
Feature image courtesy: Twitter / @ManUtd