Ghana’s all time top scorer Asamoah Gyan has finally revealed why he left Sunderland for the Al Ain in 2011.
The news shock the world when it was confirmed on the official website of Sunderland that Asamoah Gyan would leave on a season long loan to club Al Ain FC. Asamoah Gyan was in scintillating form and had scored 10 goals in 31 league games for the club in the previous season.
An astounding record for a striker having to do so much himself and having less creativity around him.
The decision left many football fans bemused, however Asamoah Gyan in an exclusive interview with veteran sports journalist Kwabena Yeboah opened up on the issue.
“When a player is performing definitely Clubs will come chasing and the deal from UAE looked very good,” the 34-year old told GTV Sports Plus.
“I was going for one season for 6million pounds and they (Sunderland) were interested because it was good money, they were even pushing for the move because the money involved was good for a loan deal,” he added.
“Personally I was concerned about the fans, about how they will feel and whether they will be happy if I move because I was the top man there, Darren Bent had left so I was their lead man and they liked me.
“But they (Sunderland) told they knew how to deal with the fans and that I should accept the move to UAE.
“I went there and the atmosphere was great and I felt in love with the team and the fans. They treated me well so I decided to stay after my loan deal.”
Asamoah Gyan featured in 123 games for Al Ain, he in the process scored 123 goals.