Former Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has not ruled out Asamoah Gyan’s playing for the club again, when his loan at Al Ain ends in the summer.
Asamoah Gyan, who is currently with the Black Stars of Ghana on Africa Cup of Nations duty, was a surprise departure from the Stadium of Light in September 2011, joining United Arab Emirates side Al Ain in an enormous one-year loan deal worth £6 million, where he was to receive up to four times his previous salary.
Sunderland’s woeful record in front of goal in the English Premiership this season hastened the departure of Steve Bruce, with incoming boss Martin O’Neill in December last year considering recalling the Ghana international.
Quinn, who emphasised the financial benefits of the deal for both Sunderland and the player when the loan move was agreed, insists that Gyan’s return could very well be on the cards in an interview with Citi FM.
“We also know how good Asamoah Gyan is. And we [Sunderland] haven’t given up [seeing Gyan playing for Sunderland again]. As as an individual and the role I have at the club, I haven’t given up hope at seeing him at the football club but maybe things are going on so well for him out there that he doesn’t not want to come back. We don’t know.
“We took the opinion that maybe Asa needs to get this in and out of his system that to go off and play where he’s played. We respect the club he’s gone to. We have very good dialogue with that club and we know that come April time there will be a decision to be made,” Quinn added.
Gyan, in an interview with Goal.com last month, said,”Will I come back to Sunderland at the end of this season? For now I don’t want to talk about my situation because I am currently on loan and I am doing well. So let’s see where my future lies after my loan deal.”
And Quinn understands that after all discussions, the final decision rests with Gyan, “Basically I think the ball’s in Asa’s court but you know, there was a little bit of friction when he first left but the reality is, he’s a top-class player.
“Personally I get on so, so well with him. He’s a very affable person as you know and we think there may be more to offer to Sunderland and we hope that he sees it that way but you know again we worried about him a few months.”
Source Kickoff Ghana