Yakubu Aiyegbeni Claims He Signed Chinese Deal For ‘Love’ Not For Money

Yakubu was Blackburn's star player Yakubu Aiyegbeni has left relegated Blackburn Rovers to play for Chinese club Guangzhou R&F but insists it’s not for the money.

The 29-year-old Nigerian striker said he is excited about embarking on a new adventure after signing for an undisclosed fee.

Yakubu has hit 137 goals in all club competitions during his nine-year spell in England and he feels he has earned the right to leave and try something new.

‘Many will ask why China? The truth is there is not much to prove after scoring almost a century of goals in a league considered as one of the best in the world,’ he said.

‘I thank Blackburn Rovers, the fans, fellow players for making my one season there seem like a decade – I appreciate their support [and] I hope the club will come back again into the top flight as soon as possible.

‘Money cannot buy you happiness and what I have found from the people in China is love, happiness, sincerity and warmth [and] I can’t wait to get started here.

‘They are starting an unbelievable football programme here and it’s nice to be a part of it.’

He was the star player in a struggling Blackburn side and is sure to be the main man at his new club too.

Yakubu is happy with the chance to try something different. He said: ‘It’s a new adventure for me after playing in Israel and England,” he told reporters.

‘I’ve been here for only three days and I can feel the love, warmth and the professional attitude of the people.

‘There were many clubs interested according to the media, but the only people who made direct contact have been Guangzhou R&F.’

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