Ghana striker Gyan ‘very happy’ in Emirates
After leaving Sunderland for the United Arab Emirates and taking
a surprise break from his national side, Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan
appears ready to make another bold move.
Gyan said on Tuesday he has been approached by ”a lot of
clubs” he wouldn’t reveal, and that he may return to topflight
football next season despite being ”very happy” with his Al Ain
club. The loan agreement with Al Ain ends on June 30.
”I need to just take my time,” he said.
”I don’t make decisions on my own. I have to go back to my
family and my agent and I will see where my future lies. So far,
I’m 100 percent happy here (but) I don’t know if I might stay in Al
Gyan’s move away from Sunderland caught the club by surprise and
left the impression the 26-year-old forward was choosing a quick
payday over a bright future in the English Premier League. It also
added to the mystery of a man whose unorthodox career choices go
along with his very public struggles with confidence at big
tournaments and his off-the-field success as a rapper who goes by
the name Baby Jet.
But rather than foundering in obscurity, Gyan has thrived in
this desert outpost about a 90-minute drive from Dubai. He is the
UAE Pro League’s leading scorer with 19 goals this season and has
been one of the main reasons the club – which almost was relegated
last season – won its 10th title.
”Before I came to Al Ain, everything was a bit strange. People
were talking about why I came to Al Ain,” said Gyan, wearing a
black T-shirt and sunglasses. ”Everything has been positive.
Everything is going well. We won the league. I think everybody has
done an incredible job. We have achieved our aim this season.
Everything has been perfect.”
Club chief executive Carlo Nohra praised Gyan on Tuesday and
said he was confident the club could negotiate with Sunderland to
sign the striker on a permanent basis. Sunderland manager Martin
O’Neill said last month he doubts he will re-sign Gyan.
”He has helped elevate this club back to its proper stature in
Emirati football,” Nohra said. ”Of course, he isn’t the only one
but he has played a major role. On a larger and wider scale, he and
his presence in the league has helped moved the league up several
notches on the world scale.”
Along with his move to Al Ain, Gyan’s decision in February to
take an indefinite break from the national side has left his fans
befuddled. The decision came after he was widely blamed for Ghana’s
surprise semifinal loss to Zambia in the African Cup of
Like he did in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals against Uruguay,
Gyan missed a penalty in the match. He said the criticism was
deserved, but he also defended his decision to take some time
”When everything goes wrong, you’ll be criticized. I do accept
the criticism because I’ve created that for myself,” he said. ”I
sent a letter to the federation that I needed a break because of
psychological reasons. Personally, I felt down because of the
penalty miss in the World Cup and in the African Cup. It has
But Gyan said he plans to discuss his future with Ghana coach
Kwesi Appiah, who arrived in the UAE on Monday. He said he would
return at some point but refused to say when.
”I have to just psych myself up and go back strong to the team
again,” he said. ”It will be very soon. I never quit the national
team. The national team made me more famous than any club side. I
became famous when I played in the World Cup. I can’t just ignore
the national team. They made me who I am today.”
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