Odion Ighalo has refused to comment on his contract situation at Old Trafford amid the coronavirus outbreak, insisting other things are bigger than football to focus on right now.
The 30-year-old earned his dream move to Manchester United on deadline day, signing for the club he grew up supporting.
The coronavirus outbreak has since seen football grind to a halt, and with Ighalo only tied down to a six-month deal at Old Trafford, he may be forced to depart the club before he has the opportunity to stake his claim for a permanent move.
However, in the midst of a global health crisis, Ighalo says talk of his Manchester United future is irrelevant.
Speaking to the Sun, the striker said:
“You can’t put football before health challenges. What matters right now is to keep safe and pray for those battling with the virus to recover fully. This is another reminder for us to share love in this world. Continue to show kindness to one another because a problem facing one is a problem to all.”
Ighalo made an impressive start to life at Old Trafford, scoring four goals in his first three starts for the club.
Despite the isolation, the Nigerian international is remaining positive, and is hopeful that life will return to normal soon.
“We all celebrate together when a goal is scored in football and we can all share in the optimism that we will soon celebrate the end of Covid-19," he added. “Very soon we will all be together to do the things that unite us in this beautiful game. This tough time will pass and light will shine upon us all again — to share in the love and happiness football brings.”
Source : 90min