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.”