Nigeria forward Odion Ighalo said it is difficult for him to accept that his side Changchun Yatai suffered relegation from the Chinese Super League under his leadership.
The former Watford striker finished as the CSL’s second top scorer with 21 goals, but it was not enough to prevent his side from going down to the Chinese second division .
While addressing his future at the Club, Ighalo who’s on Christmas break said he has no plan to play in the Chinese lower league next season but he’s not a rush to make decision.
“Playing in the second division is not in my plans, so I need to weigh my options well,” he told BBC Sport.
“There’s the African Cup of Nations next year to think about and I need to keep playing at a highly competitive level.
“I don’t know yet about my future. I cannot make a hasty decision so I’ll use the next few weeks to decide.
“I have been getting direct calls from different agents and clubs, but now enjoying my Christmas break with the family and it is the job of my agent to speak to them.”
The striker added that it’s unfortunate his goals couldn’t save his team from going down from the Chinese elite division.
“It is rather ironic that my best season in China ended in a relegation, I have never been relegated in my career so it hurts as the captain of a fantastic club with amazing people and incredible fans,” he added.
“In life you can only make the move upward and forward.”
Ighalo has 10 goals in 25 appearances for the Super Eagles and Since his move from Watford in January 2017 Ighalo has scored 36goals in 55 matches.