Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo has failed to rule out a possible return to Super Eagles barely one year after announcing his retirement from the national team.
The 30-year-old inspired the country to third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations competition staged in Egypt.
He finished as the tournament’s highest goals scorer and ended up winning the golden boot last year. And he also chose that moment to bow out of national team assignments
After sealing an extension at Manchester United, the former Watford star reveals the national team coach Gernot Rohr called to congratulate him.
Ighalo added that the NFF president Amaju Pinnick also did the same, adding that they have always been in contact even after he stopped playing for the country.
The attacker insisted that there’s a possibility he returns to the team but wants to focus on helping the Red Devils finish strong. He told Brila FM: “I am still in contact with Gernot Rohr and Amaju Pinnick, and they congratulated me on my loan deal.”
“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 and just like life and in my career, you never can tell”, he told Brila FM.
Meanwhile, the 30-year-old will have Victor Osimhen to contend with in that position as the Lille striker seems to have settled in well in Ighalo’s absence.
The forward made his dream move to Old Trafford in January and has been impressive for Man United since then, scoring four goals and one assist across competitions before the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
Anaedoonline.com earlier reported that Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo has explained that he rejected a big-money return to Shanghai Shenhua because Manchester United is his childhood dream club.
The ex-Super Eagles man recently signed another six-month deal at Manchester United in which many advised that he should make a return to China considering the offer Shanghai brought.
If Odion Ighalo had gone back to China, then the Nigerian would have been the highest-paid footballer ever from African.