The Nigerian has admitted he misses soccer however has called for everyone to continue to be united in the ongoing conflict to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Odion Ighalo has refused to open up on his contract situation at Manchester United amid the coronavirus outbreak, which may want to see his time at Old Trafford reduce short.
Ighalo has been a revelation for the Red Devils since completing a loan pass to the Theatre of Dreams from Shanghai Shenhua on deadline day in the January transfer window.
The 30-year-old has hit 4 goals in his first three starts for the club, proving his really worth as a formidable target man with outstanding technical capability and a ruthless streak in the final third of the pitch.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lavished praise upon the forward in latest weeks, and even hinted that his services should be retained past the summer.
However, Ighalo’s future in Manchester is now very much up in the air, with the Covid-19 disaster bringing a halt to all domestic and European competitions till April at the earliest.
It is highly in all likelihood that all fixtures will be pushed back even in addition as government officers continue to strive and comprise the unfold of the illness, that means Ighalo’s six-month contract could expire before he has had the chance to earn a permanent move.
The ex- Nigeria international is not concerned over his role at Old Trafford at the moment though, with it his belief that the challenges dealing with the world at current have to be put above football.
“Talking about other things now will not solely be selfish but terribly insensitive. I don’t even think about it,” Ighalo told The Sun when asked to comment on his contract situation.
“The task before us now is not a soccer one, however a global one.
“You can’t put soccer before health challenges. What matters right now is to keep safe and pray for those scuffling with with the virus to get better fully.
“This is another reminder for us to share love in this world. Continue to exhibit kindness to one some other due to the fact a problem facing one is a problem to all.”
Ighalo is presently self-isolating at his home in Manchester whilst his family stay in London, with United cancelling all first-team training sessions indefinitely.
“We are all working individually away from the training ground and staying fit at home,” the Red-Devils frontman added.
“Of course I miss football, like different players and fans. But lives matter.
“Staying safe and alive is our biggest sport in the world now – and we all have a position to play in it.
“Football has to take a back seat all over the planet at the moment and that is very understandable.
“Coronavirus is affecting all countries, throughout all continents. My thoughts and prayers go out to all people affected by this pandemic and to the families who have lost loved ones.
“But I know we will beat coronavirus and I urge people to stay positive.”