Former Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo admitted he left the Premier League side Watford to join the Chinese side Changchun Yatai in 2017 because of “money”.
Ighalo scored 33 goals in 82 games for Watford during his time with the English club.
“There are many reasons why I went there [China]. I didn’t play a lot at Watford and I didn’t want to sit on the bench, ”said Ighalo to the Watford Observer.
“Watford fans don’t know it but I had an offer from Crystal Palace on the table and West Bromwich but the club was looking for a lot of money and that’s why I accepted Changchun Yatai at the time. So instead of sitting there and not playing, I had to move.
“When the opportunity arose for me, I accepted it because China could pay what Watford wanted. But it’s a thing of the past now. I am happy and Watford is happy because they made a lot of money with me. And they are still my team in the Premier League.
“I don’t know the other players. Maybe they go there for different ambitions. Me? Yes, I went there for the money I am honest but I don’t know why the other players there go. “
He added, “The league is growing, they have a lot of foreign coaches and players who are improving the league.
“All I can say is that the Chinese Super League is improving every day and I am very happy with my choice. Regrets? All is not well, I am happy there and I work hard. “