Gyan to decide Sunderland future at end of Al-Ain loan

UNDECIDED ... Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan.
UNDECIDED ... Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan.
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ASAMOAH Gyan insists he will decide his future at the end of his spell in the Middle East.

A sheepish Gyan briefly faced the media at new club Al-Ain yesterday after his shock decision to swap the Premier League for the United Arab Emirates on a season-long loan.

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has stressed that Gyan does still have a future on Wearside despite boss Steve Bruce insisting after Saturday’s defeat to Chelsea that the Ghanaian striker was unlikely to return.

Al-Ain will hope to land Gyan on a permanent deal, given they have already splashed out £6million to take the 25-year-old on a lucrative loan deal.

But the former Rennes hitman, who could make his Al-Ain debut against Al Wahda in the Etisalat Cup on Friday night, claims he is focused on landing trophies before considering his future.

Gyan said: “I will try my best to help the team win some cups and then see how my future lies.

“I am honestly pleased to be here. From the first day, everything has been positive and I am ready to give everything to help the team.

“My family convinced me to come because I needed a change of environment.

“I have played in Europe for a while and now I am in Asia.

“It is a big challenge for me because everybody who saw me at the World Cup and for my former club Sunderland knows what I am capable of.

“I am a new player and there will be big expectations on me.

“But Al-Ain have got a lot of quality players who are capable of winning games and doing well in the championship.

“We will try to build the team up and win some competitions.”

Gyan was flanked by Al-Ain’s Romanian manager Cosmin Olroiu and director Awad Bin Hasoum Al Darmaki yesterday, with the latter insisting the striker had left the might of the Premier League for a new challenge.

“I hear some questions from our fans about why Asamoah is leaving a very tough and well-known league to come to a weaker league,” he said.

“I believe that we have a very talented player who has commitment to succeed.

“He believes success is a journey and you should always be open to any challenges over the globe.

“Al-Ain is a well-known club and we have a huge crowd around the Arabian peninsula.

“I believe Asamoah is highly committed and doesn’t need any words to help him succeed.”