ASAMOAH Gyan has finally admitted that the wealth on offer in the Middle East was a major factor in his Sunderland defection.
But the Ghanaian hitman still insists his family was the main reason behind his decision to swap the Premier League for the United Arab Emirates just a month into the campaign.
Gyan’s season-long loan with Club Al-Ain will earn the 25-year-old a bumper annual net pay packet of £3.5million, with the prospect of more if the move is converted into a permanent switch.
“I know people will be wondering why I moved to the Middle East, but it’s up to me,” said Gyan.
“In life you need two things. You need to be happy and you need to look after yourself money-wise.
“But whoever said I went for money needs to think twice.
“I made a decision with my family and the most important thing was for me to be happy and to be with my family.
“I made the decision and it was Sunderland who agreed on the deal. It was Sunderland and me who did the deal. I couldn’t have gone unless they agreed. There was no problem.”
Gyan claims he would be happy to return to the Stadium of Light at the end of the campaign.
But it is highly unlikely that the former Rennes hitman will feature for the Black Cats again after orchestrating his exit just 12 months into his four-year deal on Wearside.
Gyan added: “Steve Bruce is like my father. He brought me to Sunderland for a record fee of £13million. But that’s life. I’m doing my job and he’s doing his job.
“There was no confrontation with Steve. He is still my father. He gave me confidence. I’m always ready to work with him again.
“I don’t know whether I will work with Steve again. It’s a loan deal. I’m enjoying my football now and then we’ll see what happens at the end of the season. There’s options in the contract.”
Gyan insists he is enjoying life with Al-Ain despite the club attracting attendances of less than 1,000.
And although the league can hardly rival the intense scrutiny of the Premier League, Gyan will be back in the spotlight in January’s African Cup of Nations.
“I feel on top of my game, I’m helping my country and we’ve got the African Cup of Nations coming up,” he said. “People look up to us and we’re hopeful we can do well.
“I’m enjoying my football there. I’ve started to score some goals, I’m enjoying myself and it’s a new experience for me.
“The weather is sometimes too hot. It’s hard to play. Maybe it will get better next month.
“But football-wise it’s improving. A lot of players are coming to the Middle East to play.
“Who knows? I might bring exposure to the league. Maybe big players will follow me to the league.”