Nigerian international Odion Jude Ighalo has revealed that he will be staying with his current Premier League side Watford.In an exclusive interview on Africanews programme Football Planet, Ighalo said he would stick around with the Hornets, even at a time when there’s uncertainty at the club after it announced that coach Quique Sanchez Flores would be leaving.
“I don’t think i will be leaving the premier league because I think it suits me and I am happy. But you can never be sure because in football, last minute things happen forcing you to change your mind but for now I want to remain in the Premier League,” he said.
He added: “I have a four-year contract with Watford and I am happy, the fans love me, and I love the fans too. I’m doing well here, I’m playing week in week out. So I don’t want to talk about another team, I just want to talk about my team Watford but like I said in football anything can happen. But whatever happens in future everybody will know”.
The 26-year-old has scored 17 goals in his first top-flight season for Watford. The striker has not however ruled out possible moves in the summer.
Thank God for a successful season,no injuries and we got the job done,thanks to Watford Fc fans for the support🙌🏼👍🙏 pic.twitter.com/IpZGExS3px— JUDE (@ighalojude) May 16, 2016
In mid May, Ighalo who is expected to cost not more than 22 million USD, revealed to Sky Sports that he had in January turned down big money offers from clubs in China and even in the Premier League.West Brom are reportedly making bids on the Nigerian striker, as the Baggies seek possible replacement for Saido Berahino and Victor Anichebe, whose contract will not be renewed.
Having been promoted from the Championship, the Hornets were one of the favourites to go straight back down, reports Sky Sports, having never survived more than a season in the Premier League before.
By Christmas 2015, the Hornets had gone a long way to ensuring they would be staying in the top flight. Backed by the electric goal-scoring form of Ighalo who finished in 2015 as the top scorer in the English league.