Quinn explains Gyan departure

The Ghana international sealed a lucrative season-long deal with
the United Arab Emirates club on Saturday, less than 48 hours after
informing Sunderland boss Steve Bruce of his desire to fight for
his place at the Stadium of Light. Bruce revealed his frustration
after the weekend loss to Chelsea, implying Gyan had moved solely
for financial gain. But Quinn has confirmed the club had their
reasons for letting their record signing depart. In a statement on
the club’s official website, he said: “From the moment Asamoah
returned for pre-season training we could tell that there were
people trying to move him on. We hoped it would pass by, rebuking
approaches from the Premier League, France and Turkey and felt the
player would settle back down and continue to help our cause.
“Throughout this time we were also receiving real interest from
Al-Ain, but it looked as if that too had lost momentum by last
Wednesday. “Steve spoke to Asamoah on Thursday morning, asking him
to knuckle down and we were all set to move on. Later that day
however Al-Ain began a prolonged effort to get the deal back on
track and this turned the player’s attentions once more to a
possible move. “Come Friday, the chairman of Al-Ain and his
advisors had flown into Newcastle and arrived at our training
ground to discuss a potential deal for Asa. “They were very
professional but determined to sign the player and at this point we
took a number of things into consideration: the player’s obviously
negative demeanour in and around the training ground; the fact that
the transfer window in the UAE had over 50 days remaining, meaning
this was unlikely to go away; the clear desire of the player to
leave; the forthcoming African Nations Cup, which would have meant
losing Asamoah for up to six weeks in the new year; the obvious
economic benefits to our club in the terms of the final deal laid
out to us. “In the early hours of Saturday morning chief executive
Margaret Byrne and myself agreed a loan deal to allow Asamoah his
wish to move but that would also, and more importantly, protect the
club should things not work out for the player.” Reports this
morning suggested Sunderland could receive as much as
£6million for the temporary deal, while it was claimed Gyan
will quadruple his wages in the Persian Gulf emirate. Quinn added:
“Steve Bruce, our owner and the board all found the football
decision that Asamoah wished to make baffling but I, as chairman,
with everyone’s full support, decided that this deal was in the
best interests of our football club. “There was a lot of things
that needed to happen before the deal was fully secured, such as a
medical, which has in fact only just been completed today.” Quinn
also revealed relations between Bruce and Gyan were again cordial,
with the player making a contribution to the club’s foundation. The
former Republic of Ireland international said: “Steve’s
frustrations towards the player, expressed minutes after the
Chelsea game, were understandable at such a time but I can reveal
that since then Asamoah and Steve have made contact and they are on
good terms. “The olive branch is now there for Asamoah, but he will
need to convince Steve, the board and every Sunderland fan of his
commitment to this club if he is to return. I am delighted however
that he has agreed to make a sizeable donation to SAFC Foundation
for each month that he is away on loan. “It also goes without
saying that this puts Steve and his recruitment options in a far
stronger position for the January window.” Gyan was unveiled by
Al-Ain this morning, stating he was joining an “important club” but
refusing to drawn on his long-term future. The 25-year-old 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.”