Asamoah Gyan admits he moved to United Arab Emirates for the cash

Asamoah Gyan has admitted his UAE move was "an offer he couldn't refuse".
Asamoah Gyan has admitted his UAE move was "an offer he couldn't refuse".

ASAMOAH Gyan has admitted he quit Sunderland at the weekend for the millions he could earn in the obscurity of the United Arab Emirates Pro League.

The striker stunned everyone at Sunderland – not least manager Steve Bruce who thought he had secured the player’s future on Wearside just a day earlier – by forcing through a move to the UAE’s leading side Al-Ain.

Having agreed to stay at the Stadium of Light on Thursday, Gyan suddenly had a complete change of heart, made his feelings crystal clear to the club and Sunderland, weary of what had become a long-running saga behind the scenes, acted swiftly and decisively to ensure the situation did not fester further.

In the brief comments he has made so far since the move, Gyan has implied that Sunderland have to accept a degree of responsibility for his departure for sanctioning the move.

But the simple reality is that it is the player and his agents who have been the sole driving forces in his exit.

“The offer was too good to refuse,” said Gyan. “But I did not have a choice once Sunderland accepted Al-Ain’s proposal. I am now looking forward to playing in the UAE.

“I know this move will come as a surprise to many, considering the things that I have said in the past month but sometimes fans do not understand why we do certain things. In due course things will come to light.”

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