Asamoah Gyan has downplayed claims that his recent move from Sunderland to the United Arab Emirates was motivated by money.
Despite some discontent from Sunderland coach Steve Bruce over Gyan’s move, the on loan Al Ain striker says there was no bad blood between him and the Black Cats manager.
“I’m still a player of Sunderland. I didn’t have any confrontation with anyone. We are still alright. I was cool with the manager,” he told CNN.
“People say I moved because of money….You need to be happy — although I’m not saying I wasn’t happy at Sunderland or I wasn’t happy in the [English] Premier League.
“I had to decide with my family and everything and they were alright with my decision so I had to just move…it helped myself and Sunderland as well.”
Gyan, who scored ten goals in his 34 appearances for Sunderland in his maiden season was tipped to make a bigger impact in his second season before the surprise move happened.
However the Ghana striker expects to make the best of his time on loan with Al Ain.
“In life you have to experience things. I think moving here I don’t regret at all because Al Ain is a great club and I’m ready to give everything,” he explained.
“It’s another step in my life. Although I’m still a player of Sunderland. I came on loan so I’ll see how my future lies as Al Ain is an important club in Asia. I’m really, really happy to be here.”