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Ighalo: Man United In Dialogue With Shanghai Shenhua, Says Solskjaer

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said the club is ramping up discussions to extend the loan deal of former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo.

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Ighalo arrived United from Chinese club, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, on a short loan deal which is due to expire at the end of May.

However, the Nigerian, who is a lifelong United fan, has been unable to play for the English club since March due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Reports were rife on Monday that Shenhua refused United’s offer to extend Ighalo’s deal and will direct the striker to return to China at the end of the month.

But Solskjaer explained that the English club is in dialogue with the Chinese club to extend his loan deal, but noted that no agreement has been reached.

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The Norwegian manager expressed hope that Ighalo would be allowed to see out the season and possibly win a trophy with the club.

“The loan deal went until the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back,” Solskjaer told the club’s in-house television channel on Tuesday.

We’re in dialogue. They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allowed him to play for his dream club.

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”It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, hopefully with a trophy for us. At the moment, nothing has been agreed. Their league is going to get started soon so we’re just waiting to see.”

Ighalo has made eight appearances for United, scoring four goals in three starts.


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