“Football Is Business”–Asamoah Gyan Tells Mohammed Kudus As Reports Link Him To a US$300K Weekly Wage Saudi Deal

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“Football is business,” Asamoah Gyan tells Mohammed Kudus, sending word out to other Ghanaian players to look at that aspect of the game.

The former Ghana captain’s remarks come in the wake of the latest report on Mohammed Kudus being linked to a potentially huge deal in Saudi Arabia.

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Reports have been rife the past few weeks linking Ghana Black Stars player, Mohammed Kudus to a proposal from Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad, offering West Ham United a reported US$150 million that would see Mohammed Kudus earn a weekly wage of a whopping US$300K.

Ghanaians have had their say, but Asamoah Gyan has added his voice–an advice to Mohammed Kudus and other Ghanaian players.

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For Gyan, it is not a straightforward thing for him to tell Mohammed Kudus to go for it if indeed, the reports are true.

What he could do, is to open his eyes to the realities, which is why he advised that the player looks at the business side of the game.

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Many have said Mohammed Kudus is still relatively young and could do a lot in Europe, but Asamoah Gyan believes he needs to see the business side of the game, as in the end, it will all come down to how well off he is financially.

At a relatively young age, Asamoah Gyan himself swapped his career in the European league for other leagues.

Gyan went on to play in China, the UAE, and India; as such, the former Ghana captain knows too well how important it is to secure a financial future for yourself as a player when the opportunity comes.

It would not be a big deal if Mohammed Kudus moved to Saudi Arabia at his age. He could come back to Europe at some point, some have argued.

In an interview on Asaase Radio, Asamoah Gyan said: “If it [reports] is true, it would be a very tough decision, I cannot decide for him, it depends on his people. He is young but if you watch the business module of the game, although we are playing with passion, football is business.”

For the former Ghana captain, it is only a personal interest when people argue that he needs to continue playing in Europe at the expense of a huge deal somewhere else, where he may not be seen quite often.

Gyan, who played 109 times for the Black Stars and scored 51 goals, becoming the country’s all-time top goalscorer, added that when you look at how some former players turned out after the end of their playing careers, it’s prudent to secure the bag.

The choice is now Mohammed Kudus’ to make, and this is subject to whether the reports are true or not.

“In Ghana here, they only mention my name when the Black Stars are playing. Many players have died after retirement. It did not even become news; we did not hear of it. The people who would want to see you play in the EPL are thinking of their personal interest,” Asamoah Gyan said.

If the reports are true, Mohammed Kudus would not be playing in an inferior league as the Saudi Pro League has gained a lot of grounds with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Sadio Mane, Ngolo Kante, Karim Benzema and others plying their trades there.


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