FORMER Sunderland star Asamoah Gyan says he has no regrets about turning his back on the English Premier League for a cash-laden move to the UAE.
The 27-year-old Ghanaian striker stunned then Sunderland manager when he left Sunderland for Al Ain on August 31, 2011 – too late for Bruce to replace him in his squad.
That loan move, which was eventually converted into a permanent move, earned him stinging criticism which extended far beyond Wearside with Gyan dubbed a mercenary who put cash over his career.
But the striker, has prospered in more than just monetary ways in the Arab state, helping Al Ain to back-to-back titles as well as winning the Golden Boot for being the league’s top scorer.
And he told reporters in his homeland: “I don’t regret quitting the English Premier League at all.
“I am comfortable and happy there, and most importantly I deliver when I come to the Black Stars.
“My decision to move to the Arab world bordered on my family and what was good for me and not what people said or will say.
“Some people listen to friends in taking critical decisions and they mess up in the end.
“I scored 22 goals during my first season and improved to 31 in last season’s league and that is a great mark.