The future of Ighalo has been the subject of much speculation since the Nigerian’s impressive performances after Shanghai Shenhua’s signing on the deadline in the January transfer window.
The 30-year-old scored four goals and an assist in eight appearances and United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expressed admiration for Ighalo on several occasions.
United will have to pay £ 15 million for the Ighalo deal to be permanent, but the former parent club of the Watford striker has filed a monster contract of £ 400,000 a week to keep him in the Chinese Super League at the end of his temporary stay.
And Ighalo has heightened rumors that United will pay to keep him beyond this summer.
When a fan asked him in a question and answer session on Twitter if he would like to stay with the Red Devils if he was offered a contract extension, Ighalo replied simply.
” Of course. “
The Nigerian international has become a fan favorite in just over two months with his childhood club and Solskjaer shares the hopes of supporters that he will remain at Old Trafford beyond the end of his loan agreement.
“It’s a loan, but when you’re at the door and if you impress, it gives you a chance,” said Solskjaer in March.
“It’s exactly the same for everyone who signs if it’s permanent or if it’s a loan.
“If you impress as a player, if you impress as a person, if you can help this group to improve, then there is of course a chance that we are considering expanding things.
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“It’s not just for Odion, but since you asked, yes, of course, his motivation is to play as well as he can. And it’s up to us to make sure he wants to stay if we want to.
“I think he probably pinches himself sometimes, because he is now in his favorite club at the age of 30.
“I hope he proves to you what I think he will do. He is a top scorer, so he will do his best. “