Ghana international Asamoah Gyan has revealed that he was close to joining Manchester City before an injury to the footballer pushed the move off the table. The player was speaking to Countryman Songo on Adom TV's "Fire For Fire".
The player who turned 33 on Thursday signed for French side Stade Rennais in 2008 after spending five years playing at various levels in Italian with Udinese and others.
Gyan said the move to Manchester City collapsed because of injury and that left him sad since he was looking to get into the English game.
The Turkey-based striker is one of the potent strikers the country has ever produced and has emerged as Africa’s top goal scorer in FIFA World Cup.
Gyan said in the interview with Songo: “I was close to joining Manchester City in 2008 but for an injury, I had agreed terms with them and negotiation went well, but I picked up an injury when I was playing for Ghana at the AFCON".
“I spoke to the Coach, and other top officials of the Club and everything was in line and I could have joined them just after the AFCON but because of the injury I couldn’t join.”
Gyan would have his chance in England in 2010 after his impressive display in the World Cup in South Africa impressed Steve Bruce at Sunderland.
Gyan was a cult hero at Sunderland thanks to his elaborate goal celebrations and persona.
He was loved so much that when he decided to leave only a year later, the coach and so many fans expressed publicly, their heartbreak.
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