Gyan: Al-Ain challenge exciting

Gyan completed a shock loan switch from the Black Cats to the
United Arab Emirates over the weekend and was unveiled at the
Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium on Monday morning. The Ghana
international was thought to be unsettled on Wearside for several
months but his decision to swap one of Europe’s biggest leagues for
the Persian Gulf emirate surprised many. Gyan said: “I’m really
happy to be here. Al-Ain is an important club and this is a big
challenge for me. There will be a lot of expectations on me, but
not pressure. “Everybody who has seen me in the World Cup and at
Sunderland knows what I am capable of, but this is a new challenge
for me as I’m a new player here. “We have quality players in the
club to win games and do well in the championships. We will try to
build a winning team.” When pushed on whether he intended to remain
with Al-Ain when his season-long loan deal expires, he added: “I
don’t promise. I’m somebody who doesn’t promise.” Cynics have
suggested Gyan has quit the Premier League for the riches on offer
in the Middle East with reports in England claiming the 25-year-old
will quadruple his wages at his new club. But the former Rennes
striker insists he has gone for “the challenge”. He said: “It’s a
challenge to me. I made a decision with my family. Talking about
the Asian league it is improving very well” Gyan’s arrival means
Al-Ain have now signed the four permitted overseas players for the
coming season – Argentina’s Ignacio Scocco, Mirel Radoi of Romania
and Saudi Arabia’s Yasser al-Qahtani were already on board. Club
director Awad Bin Hasoum Al Darmaki said: “I believe that a player
of the calibre of Asamoah Gyan will add value for Al-Ain. “He is
ready to accept challenges anywhere in the world but success is not
only the responsibility of a single player and coach, I believe
it’s an equation that each part has its role and responsibility.”