Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan may not return to Sunderland

Published on: 13 April 2012

Sunderland coach Martin O'Neil has hinted that striker Asamoah Gyan does not want to return to the English Premier League side.

The Ghana international was a record signing at the Stadium of Light but is currently on a season-long loan with United Emirates side Al-Ain.

That deal was made in September while Steve Bruce was in charge of the Black Cats.

But even though Gyan was linked to a return to Wearside in January and has two years left on his deal, O’Neill admits the 26-year-old might have played his last game in the red and white.

The Sunderland manager said: “The situation is, I believe it was a year-long loan for a start for which they had to pay us some money of the transfer fee which we paid in the first place, and that is still in existence.

“There was some talk between all parties in January that didn’t come to anything. I wasn’t party to those conversations, although I was kept informed of them, of course.

“I think it will be the end of the season before I can assess anything.

“There has to be a willingness on behalf of all parties as well. You wouldn’t really want somebody who is really unwilling to come back to the football club, if that’s the case.

“It’s unfair of me to say that because it might not be the case, but it seems to be the message that’s coming across.”

Whether Gyan returns or not, Sunderland are likely to be in the market for a new striker again this summer with the future of on-loan Nicklas Bentner still uncertain and Fraizer Campbell struggling with injury.

Nevertheless, O’Neill insists he is yet to speak to owner Ellis Short about his transfer plans.

He added: “I haven’t considered it and I certainly haven’t had an opportunity to speak to a very important man at the football club who happens to own it.

“We will sit down, we will assess it. I think he is going to be here for the last couple of games of the season, which is encouraging.”


  • dj
    says: 7 years ago
    Gyan think carefully about your future
  • Assisi
    says: 7 years ago
    Gyan pls stay in Al ain and bank as much money as possible. Football is a very short carreer. U would never get that kind of money u are earning in Al ain in any club in Europe so pls stay there. Sunderland pays peanuts and does not appreciate your efforts and that's the reason u left in the first place and the situation hasn't changed at Sunderland even under a certain Martin O'neill.
  • The Don
    says: 7 years ago
    Assisi, you are an ignorant simpleton if you think Sunderland & that club's fans didn't appreciate Gyan - He was loved by the fans, and the club. I'd love to hear you tell club owner Elis Short that you think the £90,000 a week wages is "peanuts" !! I bet he'd kick your backside for that. But I have to agree with you that Gyan should stay in Al Ain - as no club in the right mind would want a player who's been playing Sunday league football for a whole season... look at his performance in the Cup of Nations! he was piss-poor.
  • Joshua adawu
    says: 7 years ago
    Gyan shld come back 2 sunderland 2 regain his form nd come back 2 the national team.
  • KB
    says: 7 years ago
    What do you mean regain his form? i didn't know he lost leading a goal chart loosing of form? He hasnt lost form bru....check this goal scoring stats....probably his best in his entire career now.!!!
  • manuel yeboah
    says: 7 years ago
    yo bro gyan stay where u are, u are already in ur future therefore make as much money as u can, dont forget me though
  • BronxNY718
    says: 7 years ago
    We all love Gyan but he needs to grow up and be serious on the pitch whenever on a national assignment. He sometimes acts lethargic, as if someone owes him something or he's doing a favor for the country by playing.. I personally love you but please make a concious effort to be serious when in GH colors. -One
  • E Man
    says: 7 years ago
    O'Neil hasn't spoken to Gyan but is saying he doesn't think he wants to return, maybe he doesn't but it would help if he spoke to him. It seems O'Neil has already made up his mind and is looking for a way to make it seem that Gyan doesn't want to return so then he (O'Neil) has no choice but to cut loose. Gyan should leave his club and come and play in one of the top leagues (not for Sunderland)as he has made his money (tax free) and has earned in one year what Essien (on 90k)probably earns in two/three years . If he's serious about leaving a football legacy and being recognised as a top player then he needs to play in one of the big leagues if not, and he wants to earn more money then he can but at what cost to his credibility as a player....choices, choices.
  • kojo
    says: 7 years ago
    good point!!! very soon he will be replaced by some 16 years old boy so he should stay there and make lots of money then retire.
  • Assisi
    says: 7 years ago
    What's the point should he leave Al ain for peanuts in the premiership where he will sustain too many injuries and less appreciation? Not good for an African footballer. Money now and he needs plenty and that's why he chose Al ain over the premiership.
  • Patriot1
    says: 7 years ago
    Gyan is a very disloyal player and that is a conclusion most Ghana Black Stars and Sunderland fans are aware of. He is very selfish and shall always choose personal glory over anything else. personally I do not think we should entertain this prick in our national team and if I owned sunderland i will make sure this son of a bitch comes no where near my team. He is just an overrated player and I have said this ever since he started playing for the black stars. He makes up for his lack of skills through the vibes and energy he brings to a team e.g. Dancing and singing. He's in the wrong occupation. Get him a microphone and a bunch of back up singers and he could be a great entertainer :)
  • RichhiLevi
    says: 7 years ago
    Gyan pls come back and get ur form back
  • fred
    says: 7 years ago
    str_repeat('*',strlen('fuck')) gyan
  • Prettytony
    says: 7 years ago
    spot on D light,spot on...some people just dont use their heads,they dont know playing for a top team comes with lucrative endorsements also.Look at drogba,essien and mikel have sumsung endorsement.Adebayor is the face of an energy drink.Gyan, on the otherhand, get endorsement from angel fa twu k3k3 cream.My point is,world class players make money on and off field,so dont be decieved by their wages
  • Real Talk
    says: 7 years ago
    People need to realise that money is not everything. This guy was earning around £45K a week at Sunderland. Al Ain was paying him 3x more his wage, around $200K/£126K. What smart footballers usually do is head off to leagues like this once they've reached their 30s. Like Beckham, Henry, Eto'o. Gyan was only 25 at the time! He could have been playing for spurs or a good team like that. People here loved him. He's now allowed money to damage his career and more importantly reputation. He has also DISGRACED Ghanaians and Africans. He's given others a bad look on us. This is what some Africans fail to understand.
  • kuuku
    says: 7 years ago
    can anyone please tell me if Gyan can score 15 or whatever goals in the EPL if he goes back...thats my point.though the money is also factor, there's no competition!!!
  • vs
    says: 7 years ago
    I am not saying gyan should not return to sunderland but to call him mediocre is totally wrong he came to the afcon nursing an injury and did the best that he could for a Ghana team that scored most of their goals from set plays and let me remind you that odemwingi and yakubu failed to even help Nigeria qualify for the afcon while demba ba who was performing wanders in epl failed to score a single goal be objective in your criticism gyan is a very good player he has scored more goals for Ghana than any one else he deserves a bit of respect