Gyan insists he left Sunderland for ‘the challenge’

WANTED MAN ... Asamoah Gyan is a target for Galatasaray and Fenerbahce.
WANTED MAN ... Asamoah Gyan is a target for Galatasaray and Fenerbahce.
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ASAMOAH Gyan told a press conference today that he had left Sunderland to join “an important club”.

Brushing aside suggestions he departed Wearside to pocket a reported £200,000-a-week wage on loan with Al-Ain, Gyan smiled: “I’m really happy to be here.”

Sunderland fans were stunned to learn on Saturday that their club’s record signing was allowed to leave.

Sunderland will collect a £6million loan fee as part of the move.

Gyan was unveiled at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium today and said: “Al-Ain is an important club and this is a big challenge for me.

“There will be a lot of expectations on me, but not pressure.

“Everybody who has seen me in the World Cup and at Sunderland knows what I am capable of, but this is a new challenge for me as I’m a new player here.

“We have quality players in the club to win games and do well in the championships. We will try to build a winning team.

“I made a decision with my family. The Asian league is improving very well.”