Manchester United and former Super Eagles strike, Odion Ighalo, has revealed the real reason behind his early retirement from international football. The 30-year-old forward who has 16 goals from 35 appearances for the Nigeria’s National Team, announced that he was putting an end to his international career at the end of the last African Cup of Nations where he won the golden boot with 4 goals, to focus on his club side career.
According to the striker who is now interested in making himself available for selection again on the national side, he decided to quit the Super Eagles due to the very long distance between Nigeria and China.
Speaking with Brila FM on Thursday night, Ighalo said, “I am still thinking about returning to the national team. But right now, I want to concentrate on my club career.” “I left the national team because of the distance between Nigeria and China, but now that I am in Manchester, you never can tell.”
This comes just days after Ighalo signed a contract extension which will keep him playing for United until January of next year. Ighalo’s original four-month loan deal expired last week with parent club Shanghai Shenhua keen to either sell the striker permanently or include an option to buy in another loan move.
However, after successful talks an extended deal has been agreed and Ighalo admits it is a dream come true to be staying at Old Trafford. He added: “Playing for Manchester United is something I cannot explain and I will say it is my biggest achievement in my 15-year professional career in football.”