Watford of England and Nigeria’s Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has revealed that he turned down an almost £300,000-a-week summer move to China.
The starlet chose to remain in England to chase his dream in the English Premiere League. His present deal at Watford is worth around £30,000 weekly .
Ighalo, 26, was promised the sum of £40million over the course of a four-year contract as the Hornets were on the brink of returning to the top flight.
Ighalo said no, but the offers kept coming, each increasing his pay packet. The latest was double the original.
“I was very close,” he told the Daily Mail.
“They made a £10m bid and were offering me over £200,000 a week; a four-year contract. I couldn’t sleep for three days. That kind of money is not easy to turn down.
“Some team-mates in the dressing room were saying, ‘You can’t miss this chance’. But I don’t jump into decisions like that.
“I prayed about it, and God said it was not for me, no matter how much money it was. I knew God would direct me. When I said I don’t want to go, they offered me more money, almost £300,000 a week. I told them it’s not about the money.”
Ighalo has put up an impressive performance in the EPL scoring 14 goals in 25 games.