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.”