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Odion Ighalo ‘not bothered’ by lean spell in front of goal

Odion Ighalo says he has “unfinished business” in the Premier League and insists he hasn’t been sussed out by defenders in the top flight of English football.

Ighalo turned down eye-watering financial offers to move to Hebei China Fortune last summer and then Shanghai SIPG during this summer window.

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“I’m not moved by the money from China,” Ighalo said in an interview with MTN Football. “When the time comes, I will go to China.  This is not the time to go to go to China. The money is big, the money is crazy, I know. And I am not Cristiano Ronaldo, I’m not Messi. I’m not rich, but I’m contented with what I have, I thank God for what I have. Week in, week out, my mum and my siblings watch me in action in the best league in the world. This is the best league in the world and I hope to keep giving my best every week there. And so, I still have unfinished business in England.”

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Ighalo earned a new, much improved five-year contract for his loyalty to Watford but the goals have dried up this year. He has scored just twice in his last 21 league games and is yet to get off the mark in the league this season. He even fired a blank for his country against a Tanzania side who Algeria put seven past.

“Three games and no goal, I am not bothered because I will go step by step and I know the goals will soon start flowing again,” Ighalo said. “Now in the Premier League, it’s more difficult because they know me very well and so every defender wants to mark me so hard, more than what they did last season.”