Former Super Eagles and Manchester United of England striker, Odion Jude Ighalo has set new targets for himself as he extends his loan spell to January 31, 2021.
The 30 year old Nigerian said he wants to help The Red Devils win the English FA Cup and UEFA Europa League as well as finish within the league’s top-four, which would see the club compete next season in the UEFA Champions League.
Ighalo declared his aspirations after sealing a loan contract extension that will keep him at Old Trafford until January, following an agreement between United and his parent club, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua of China, and the former Super Eagles’ star admitted he has a lot of work to do.
He went on to declare during a Radio Programme that he is ready to work even harder than he did within the first two months of his arrival at United from Shanghai, following a deadline day loan deal in the January transfer window when he scored four goals in eight appearances in all competitions prior to the suspension of action due to COVID-19.
He admitted it was another miracle that brought the extension his way in the early hours of Monday, as Shenhua’s original stand had been that they would only agree to allow him stay if an obligation to buy by United was incorporated into the deal.
In his reaction to the historic breakthrough, Ighalo admitted he is thrilled to continue playing for his dream club, and revealed that all the players are already back in full team training even as they move closer to match fitness ahead of the June 17 restart of action in the EPL..
Ighalo said: “It’s been difficult getting to this stage. Waiting for the agreement to come through, but I kept training and working. Now it has come, and I am very happy. I will continue working hard and hope to help the team. We are still in the FA Cup and Europa League.
“The target is to go far in both, as well as finish with a spot in the Champions League. I’m really happy. It’s a dream for me to be here. I’m buzzing and ready to go. Since the first day I arrived, I made it clear that I wanted whatever it takes to continue that work.
“Now I’ve extended my loan, it makes it more even clear and I’m committed as I know, in my head, I’m here until January ending. I just want to work hard and enjoy it, support the team and do whatever I can to make us go higher and higher. I’m getting better and better every day,” he said.