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Soccer News of Monday, 22 November 2021


Why I picked Udinese over the lucrative offer from Locomotiv Moscow – Ighalo

Odion Ighalo in action for Udinese play videoOdion Ighalo in action for Udinese

Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has disclosed the reason he turned down an offer to join Russian giants, Locomotive Moscow earlier in his career.

Speaking in a recent interview, the big forward said his decision to join the Italian side, Udinese at the time when a better offer came from Russia was the best decision he made in his life.

Ighalo had just left Julius Berger for Lyn Oslo in Norway where he had a huge impact.

In the 2007-2008 season, Ighalo scored nine goals in 15 appearances for Lyn Oslo, and his form attracted from Udinese and Locomotive Moscow.

“I was doing well in Norway, then Locomotive Moscow and Udinese started to call my agent. ”

“The Russians presented a better contract and they tripled what Udinese wanted to pay me, so it was difficult.”

“I and my agent stood at the airport and don’t know if we board a plane to Russia or Italy.”

“It was a difficult decision, but my agent, advised me to join Udinese, because of the projects, but if I want money, I should join Locomotive Moscow. However, I decided to join Udinese and it happened to be one of the best decisions of my career," he said.