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Odion Ighalo elated after Man Utd 'dream' kept alive

Odion Ighalo is overjoyed after his loan deal with Manchester United was extended until January 31.

The Nigerian, 30, was set to return to Shanghai Shenhua after his loan deal expired on Sunday.

Instead he will remain with United until next year, and Ighalo was thankful to his parent club for keeping his dream alive.

"I'm really happy. It's a dream for me to be here. I'm buzzing and ready to go," Ighalo told MUTV.

"The last few days have been difficult as there have been different talks about it but now I'm really happy so I need to concentrate fully. I'm here until the end of January, so it's good for me.

"I decided I want to stay and I'm happy. Since the first day I arrived, I made it clear that I wanted whatever it takes to continue that work. It was very difficult, there were some talks, but I'm happy they finally agreed and got everything done. Everything is official now.

"I'm sending thanks to the Shanghai president and director for the support because they know this is what I want. So I'm thanking them and I'm happy that this has happened. They wish me all the best too.

"Like I've said, since I was young, I've been supporting this club and playing for it is a dream. Now I've extended my loan, it makes it even more clear and I'm committed as I know, in my head, I'm here until January ending. I just want to work hard and enjoy it, support the team and do whatever I can to make us go higher and higher."

He added: "It's different from where I'm coming from and different to where I was before.

"It's something I've never seen before and it makes me wonder if I'm dreaming or it's reality."

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