Super Eagles striker and new Shanghai Shenhua signing, Odion Jude Ighalo has revealed his buyout clause was too huge for interested European teams.
Ighalo signed for one of China’s biggest clubs last week in a deal that will see him reunite with the manager who gave him his Premier League bow, Quique Flores Sanchez.
Ighalo, in an interview with TheCable revealed that he was advised by Obafemi Martins, who had played for the Chinese club in the past to team up with them as it will be beneficial to his career.
His buyout clause with Yatai stood at $45.2million.
“I had a buy out clause and it was difficult for the European teams to pay that so I had to stay in China and choose Shenhua,” Ighalo told TheCable.
“What also formed my decision to stay back in China is because of my former coach Flores.
“He wanted me to join the club all along and I am happy that he made it possible to work with him again.
He also revealed that former Shanghai Shenhua and Super Eagles ace, Obafemi Martins played a key role in his switch to the club.
“Obafemi Martins also advised me on joining Shenhua,” he said.
Ighalo, 29 scored 21 goals for Yatai last season but it wasn’t enough to save them from the drop.
“I thank Yatai for their love and support in the last two years I was with them. It was home away from home for me,” Ighalo added.
“I want to work hard to achieve great things with Shenhua and my former coach because he is like a father to me and he knows me well.
“It will be like old time for the two of us.”