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Odion Ighalo to join Saudi Arabian side, Al-Shabab


Odion Ighalo

Former Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, is set to join Saudi Arabian club side, Al-Shabab on a  permanent basis after Old Trafford exit.

He is set to have his medicals and at the same time agree on a personal term with the club who have until February 7 (Saudi Arabia’s transfer deadline) to complete the deal.

Ighalo whose contract ran out at the end of January was permitted to speak with Al-Shabab by his parent club, Shanghai Shenhua following the expiration of his Old Trafford deal.

Ighalo who signed for United in the 2020 January transfer window from Chinese outfit, Shenhua, on an initial six-month deal had his contract extended to 12 months after an impressive performance which helped the club to three semifinals (FA Cup, Carabao Cup and the Europa League).

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Unfortunately, Ighalo did not enjoy the second half of his contract with the club as he was limited to the bench, making only two starts this season following the arrival of Former Paris Saint Germain striker, Edinson Cavani in October.

The former Super Eagles star left the Old Trafford with five goals in 18 appearances during the 2019-20 campaign.

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The former Watford star announced his departure from Man Utd in an emotional farewell message sent to the fans via his social media accounts.

“It’s so hard to see this dream come to an end. But I give God the glory for helping me fulfill this life long dream of putting on a Manchester United shirt as a player and represent this great club, it was indeed an honor I will forever cherish and be grateful for.

“To the manager, I say thank you for trusting and believing in me when many did not, to my amazing team mates I will miss you guys, it was always fun and a time I look forward to training and spending time with all of you. And I pray we win the LEAGUE and FA cup this year.

“To the best fans in the world (the Manchester United fans) we have missed you, but we hear your voices cheering us on from afar, we can’t wait to have you all back on the stands.

“I’m still and would remain a MANCHESTER UNITED FAN forever. Once a Red, always a Red. Thank you @manchesterunited and God bless.”


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