If, like me, you’re drawn to the headline “Gyan admits: I left Sunderland for the cash!”, you’ll be dusting down the fitting, if innumerate, chant “There’s only one greedy b******”.
Then you’ll scour the article, at Ghanaweb.com, for the killer quote. “I did it for money.” “I left to make myself richer.” “Stuff Sunderland; gimme more money and I’m anyone’s.”
And you’ll scour in vain.
True, the introduction reads: Asamoah Gyan has broken his silence on his bitter exit from Sunderland and admitted: Money makes me happy.
But that’s not a direct quote, just the author’s summary of what Gyan – “believed,” says Ghanaweb.com, “to have QUADRUPLED his money to over £100,000 a week” – actually said.
And the real quotes?
“I know people will be wondering why I moved to the Middle East, but it’s up to me. In life you need two things. You need to be happy and you need to look after yourself money-wise.
Whoever said I went for money needs to think twice. I made a decision with my family and the most important thing was for me to be happy and to be with my family.
It wasn’t a difficult decision. I had to decide with my family. My family is more important to me.”
Then our Asamoah begins to ramble a bit before adding: “Steve Bruce is like my father. He brought me to Sunderland for a record fee of £13million. But that’s life. I’m doing my job and he’s doing his job. He’s working under Sunderland and I’m also working under Sunderland. There was no confrontation with Steve. He is still my father. He gave me confidence. I’m always ready to work with him again.”
OK, we can all interpret the first part of the quoted remarks as meaning just what the the article says he said. But he didn’t quite say it; it remains our interpretation. I could also have put up a headline stating: “Asamoah Gyan shock: ‘Steve Bruce is my dad’.” He says first Bruce is “like” his father, then that he is “still” his father.
For the record, Steve Bruce is not Gyan’s dad.
But at least he has some command of verb tenses, telling Ghanaweb: “The Sunderland fans loved me. I know they were hurt. The deal came at the wrong time – but that’s life.”
You will have to go to the Ghanaian site if you want to hear his thoughts on starting to score a few goals in the UAE league, not really an Everest-climbing sort of feat, and about how his game is improving.
And you can always post a comment there, telling our Asamoah that when it comes to dosh, we didn’t even need his own word for it: he is a greedy b******.