ASAMOAH Gyan has moved to calm troubled waters by insisting that he is committed to Sunderland.
Speculation has been rife that the club’s record signing handed in a transfer request last month after a summer in which a number of clubs, including Tottenham and Galatasaray were linked with strong interest in Gyan (pictured).
But, with the transfer deadline having come and gone with the Ghana international remaining on Wearside, the striker has looked to pacify supporters who may have been less than impressed with the suggestion that he wanted to leave.
“These rumours have disturbed me, to be honest,” he said.
“I do not want Sunderland fans to think I am not happy in Sunderland.
“I am happy with Steve Bruce who invested so much money in me and I will need to repay his faith.
“It is normal to be excited when a club such as Tottenham is interested, however I have a contract somewhere and I intend to honour that.”
The rumours are unlikely to go away though, especially with the centre-forward making such an insipid start to the 2011/12 campaign.
And suggestions of unhappiness on both sides at the club can only have been heightened by a claim from France that Sunderland were prepared to off-load Gyan in the window.
Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo told French daily sports paper l’Equipe: “Asamoah Gyan – they suggested it to us, Sunderland wanted an exchange for Andre-Pierre Gignac but he didn’t want to go to Sunderland.”
H The Manchester United Supporters Trust have repeated their call for the Glazer family to use the proceeds from their intended Singapore Stock Market flotation to wipe away the club’s £308milliondebt.
United yesterday posted record operating profits of £110.9million.