Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo is not thinking about his precarious contract situation amidst the current coronavirus pandemic and insists football must come secondary to health, metro.co.uk reports.
The Nigerian forward has made a promising start to his career at Old Trafford, scoring four times in all competitions since joining the club on a deadline day loan from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.
But the suspension of the Premier League season until the start of May at the earliest has created huge question marks over what happens to players who are out of contract or whose loans will expire.
Ighalo’s stay at United ends on June 30, but it has been suggested that the Premier League might not finish until July – or even later – when he would be ineligible to play.
But the 30-year-old, who has first-hand experience of the knock-on effects of coronavirus having been kept isolated from the rest of the United squad for the first two weeks after his move from China, believes his own personal situation is not the most important thing right now.
Asked about his contract situation, Ighalo told The Sun: ‘Talking about other things now will not only be selfish but terribly insensitive. I don’t even think about it.
‘The challenge before us now is not a football one, but a global one.
‘You can’t put football before health challenges. What matters right now is to keep safe and pray for those battling with the virus to recover fully.
‘This is another reminder for us to share love in this world. Continue to show kindness to one another because a problem facing one is a problem to all.’