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Nigerian Star Ighalo Hoping To Extend Man United Deal As Expiration Draws Near

Former Nigeria international, Odion Jude Ighalo has expressed his intention to extend stay with Manchester United till the emd of the season.

Ighalo joined Man United on loan in a shocking deadline day deal from Chinese Super League side, Shangai Shenhua in January and the deal will expireon May 31.

The Premier League has been abandoned since April due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the league is expected to restart in June. Staying at Manchester is what Ighalo wants but it depends on the on Manchester United and Shangai Shenhua.

“I would like to finish the season if it’s possible,” Ighalo was quoted as telling BBC Sport.

The player noted that before the season went on a break, he was in a good form, and scoring goals for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

According to him, he gave his best to the team and is hoping that play will restart soon.

Reflecting on the team’s form before the league was paused, Ighalo said United was having a “good momentum” but expressed worries that since he is on loan, his time with the club may be cut short.

The Premier League giants are keen to extend Ighalo’s contract with the player having scored four goals in eight matches in all competitions for the club.

Clubs and players are passing through a lot this period as they have not been able to do what they love, according to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) highest goalscorer.

He explained that efforts are being made to restart and finish the season, and as such, contract talks would not be on the radar at the moment.

“I just want everyone to be safe and see what the future holds,” he added.

With nine games remaining, Solskjaer’s men are fifth on the league log and Ighalo hopes the Premier League will take the right decision and restart play when it is safe to do so.

Clubs in England’s top division will meet on Monday to discuss a possible resumption date for the season.

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