Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo said he wasn’t ready to be a part-time player in Barcelona hence he turned down a move to Nou Camp.
It was widely reported that the Spanish LaLiga giants were keen to sign Ighalo to boost their striking options, but the deal did not see the light of the day as he remained in the Chinese Super League (CSL) with Shanghai Shenhua
“My agent spoke to me about a loan interest from Barcelona. The club wanted a striker with La Liga experience and someone who understands Spanish football,” Ighalo told BBC Sport.
“It was meant to be a six-month loan and strictly as a back-up striker. It was nice to hear that Barcelona were interested and any footballer would be more than happy to take it.
“You need to weigh things up properly in life and ask yourself if it is your call to make or one to satisfy others
“I respect my decision. I needed to focus on what is good for my career long-term and when you decide to do something – you stay true to yourself. It wasn’t for me and I am happy where I am.
“I have no regrets or whatsoever because I am happy at Shanghai Shenhua. To reunite and play under my former Watford coach [Quique Sánchez Flores] is exciting and I love it.”