Super Eagles and Watford Fc of England hotshot Odion Ighalo has revealed how restless he felt after a chinese club offered to pay him a mega sum to leave Watford last summer and join them.
The Edo native has been a revelation this season after his 14 goals in 24games Â has helped Watford climb up the table and on the brink of avoiding relegation.
Hebei China Fortune had offered Ighalo a four â€“ year deal and were willing to pay Watford Â£10 million compensation to severe ties with the Nigeria international.
â€œI was very close. They made a Â£10m bid and were offering me over Â£200,000 a week; a four-year contract. I couldnâ€™t sleep for three days,â€ Â Odion Ighalo told the Daily Mail UK.
â€œThat kind of money is not easy to turn down. Some team-mates in the dressing room were saying, â€œYou canâ€™t miss this chanceâ€. But I donâ€™t jump into decisions like that.
â€œ I knew God would direct me. When I said I donâ€™t want to go, they offered me more money, almost Â£300,000 a week. I told them itâ€™s not about the money.â€
â€˜I have 14 goals in the Premier League, how do I go to China now?â€™ said Ighalo, who signed a new five-year deal in September thought to be worth about Â£30,000 a week.â€
They have called again and I have turned them down again,â€™ said Ighalo. â€˜Maybe if I keep scoring goals, that team will come with triple the money at the end of the season. When the time is right to go to China I will know. If itâ€™s for me it will come to pass.
â€˜When I was in Ajegunle, I was watching the Premier League, dreaming one day I would be part of it. If I keep doing what Iâ€™m doing I can enjoy my football in England for four, five or six years.
â€˜I helped this team to promotion. How can I leave because of money? I know money is good. With that sort of money I can secure my life. But you canâ€™t sell your dream.â€™
â€˜Iâ€™m happy to be one of them. Iâ€™m proud to be Nigerian and to have come from a ghetto like that. It is not the best place to grow up. It wasnâ€™t easy and it has been a rough journey. But it gave me strength to work and keep struggling. Looking back, I canâ€™t complain. Hard work and the grace of God have paid off in my life.â€™