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Asamoah Gyan: I don't regret quitting Sunderland for Al Ain

Posted On Saturday, 20th July 2013
He has been accused of being a mercenary and lacking ambition, but Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan insists he has no regrets over turning his back on the English Premier League for the UAE.

Asamoah Gyan won the top scorer award in the whole of Arabia

He has been accused of being a mercenary and lacking ambition, but Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan insists he has no regrets over turning his back on the English Premier League for the UAE.

The 27-year-old Ghanaian came in for heavy criticism when he quit Sunderland for Al Ain in 2011, initially joining the club on loan before making the move permanent 12 months.

Despite the abuse he has received, Gyan has not looked back since, scoring 53 goals in just 40 matches to help Al Ain clinch back-to-back Pro League titles.

Last season he also picked up the Al Hadath Al Riyadi’s golden boot, awarded to the top scorer in the Arab leagues, for his exploits in 2012 before going onto becpme the first player in UAE football history to score more than 30 goals in a campaign.

Little wonder then he is giving little thought to what might have been had he stayed on at the Sunderland, whom he joined in a then club record £13m deal from Rennes in 2010.

“I don’t regret quitting the English Premier League at all,” Ghana captain Gyan told reporters in homeland. “I am comfortable and happy there, and most importantly I deliver when I come to the Black Stars.

“My decision to move to the Arab world bordered on my family and what was good for me and not what people said or will say. Some people listen to friends in taking critical decisions and they mess up in the end.

“I scored 22 goals during my first season and improved to 31 in last season’s league and that is a great mark.”

It has not all been plain sailing for Gyan in the UAE, though, with the striker briefly retiring from international football last year after receiving widespread abuse following Ghana’s exit from the African Cup of Nations.

Having since returned to the Ghana set-up and being made captain, Gyan was then rocked earlier this year by the tragic death of his mother in a car accident.

Al Ain fans rallied around their talisman with Gyan appreciative of their support. “I’m always thanking them (fans) because they were always supportive,” he said in a previous interview.

“They stood by my side when I lost my mom. They supported me and this gave me self-confidence even in my hardest times.”

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. stuart diggle says:

    Very very poor. Money rules ok ?

    • GHFUO, BE SERIOUS NOT PRIDEFUL! says:

      DROGBA, ESSIEN, ETO CAN ALL GO ON LOAN OR SUGN FOR CLUBS AND GET PAID BIG MONEY. CAN GYAN DO THE SAME? IF HE QUITS AL AIN, HOW MANY OFFERS CAN HE GET OUT THERE IN A COMPETITIVE LEAGUE? “If you sacrifice your art because of some woman, or some man, or for some color, or for some wealth, you can’t be trusted.” -Miles Davis

  2. Big Boss says:

    GSN, how many times will you post this story? If you’re short of stories, just keep quiet!

  3. Niko says:

    The boy could have had it all. Could possibly turned out to be one of the greats in European football at a top club but that got destroyed by his live for $$$$$

  4. THIS IS WHY I LOVE GYAN. HE DOES NOT LISTEN TO THESE GHANAIAN WITCHES N WIZARDS. HE DOES WHAT HE LIKES.

  5. Yoyoo says:

    The move from Rennes to Sunderland was Gyan’s biggest mistake .You do not move from a team in top bracket of French league to an EPL struggling team.Atsu will make similar mistake if he leaves Porto to Liverpool- a team at the top of Portuguese league to a team in the midsection of Epl
    Ghananians have short memories of Epl. Remember the woes of Alex Nyarko and Tony Yeboah.Even those who were successful how long did they stay in the Epl? Look at treatment meted out to Essien our most successful Epl player.

  6. bawah says:

    PETRO DOLLARS LURED GYAN!





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