Odion Ighalo’s trainer discusses striker’s future as Man Utd decide on transfer

Odion Ighalo's personal trainer has opened up on whether the on-loan striker would like to remain with Manchester United or return to his parent club Shanghai Shenhua.

Ighalo, 30, has impressed since moving to Old Trafford in the January transfer window to provide cover for the injured Marcus Rashford.

The Nigerian has scored four goals and provided an assist in his eight appearances across all competitions and United are keen to extend his loan spell.

But Ighalo's contract ends in a matter of weeks and the Red Devils have not agreed an extension with Chinese Super League side Shenhua – who want their star back before the start of their season.

Although his immediate future is uncertain, trainer Ekemini Ekerette confirmed that boyhood United fan Ighalo is desparate to stay with the club.

“He’s a team player and has been talking about [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial, [Mason] Greenwood, and how fantastic they all are, so he’s looking forward to hopefully getting to play with Rashford," Ekerette told Goal.

"He wants to stay and loves United, Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] and the fans and he would love to be a Red for the rest of his life.”

Ighalo spent much of the lockdown keeping fit in his native city of Lagos and his trainer claims he is in peak condition for when the season restarts.

Ekerette added: “He’s a wonderful athlete, I’ve never seen someone more passionate about their job than him.

“I think he’s in excellent physical condition. He loves the game. He just wants to train. Even if the league wasn’t going to played in the next three months he would keep training every day. He is so disciplined.

“His future was not making a difference to his intensity in training. He is just always focused on making sure he’s doing what he needs to do and then pushing himself even further."

Ekerette believes the former Watford man's training means he is ready to start Premier League games when matches resume under 'Project Restart'.

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