Ghana’s former top striker Asamoah Gyan has revealed he was on the verge of signing for Manchester City but for something beyond his control.
The ex-Sunderland forward revealed that he played through injury at the 2008 African Cup of Nations which was what caused his transfer to Manchester City to collapse.
Gyan featured for Serie A side Udinese and managed just three goals in 13 appearances during his final season in Italy.
Ghana’s Black Stars underperformed on home soil with Gyan scoring just once – a penalty in the opening group game against Guinea.
The Ghanaian has now opened up that he played through injury to represent his country which saw him sidelined for five months after the tournament was over.
Gyan reveals regretting his decision as he claims it scuppered a transfer to Man City.
“I regret playing at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations because I was injured but I felt I needed to sacrifice but yet I was criticised [for my performance],” he told told GTV Sports+.
“I really regret playing in the tournament because even after that I had to go out for five months.
“I was supposed to sign for Manchester City but I missed.
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“That has been one of my biggest regrets with the national team.”
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