Odion Ighalo has refused to be tempted into raising any dust around his future at Manchester United, and believes health is of topmost priority to football amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The 30-year-old has enjoyed a successful stint at Old Trafford since a surprise loan move was completed in January, but could find his time at his boyhood club cut short due to the world health pandemic.
After scoring four goals in all competitions since leaving Shanghai Shenhua, both Ighalo and United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have hinted that the deal could be turned permanent.
Ighalo’s six-month loan spell could expire before action resumes, but the ex-Nigerian international is adamant that discussing his future would be insensitive.
‘Talking about other things now will not only be selfish but terribly insensitive. I don’t even think about it. The challenge before us now is not a football one, but a global one,” Ighalo told The Sun when questioned about his future with the Red Devils.
‘You can’t put football before health challenges. What matters right now is to keep safe and pray for those battling with the virus to recover fully.
‘This is another reminder for us to share love in this world. Continue to show kindness to one another because a problem facing one is a problem to all.’
United have cancelled all first-team training sessions indefinitely after the top flight was postponed until April 30 at the earliest.
‘We are all working individually away from the training ground and staying fit at home. Of course I miss football, like other players and fans. But lives matter.” Ighalo added.
‘Staying safe and alive is our biggest game in the world now – and we all have a role to play in it.’