Chinese giants side Shanghai SIPG have rubbished reports that their superstar striker Asamoah Gyan has been demoted to the reserve due to recurring injuries, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
The Shanghai-based side provided pictures and videos of Gyan training with the first team on Tuesday to Ghana’s leading football news website to prove the Ghanaian is still part of the first team.
Gyan and his closest friend in the team Jean Kouassi of the Ivory Coast were spotted in the picture training with all the first team players present.
Reports in the Chinese media last week claimed that the club’s record signing was demoted to the reserves due to persistent thigh injuries.
However, a top club official has told Ghanasoccernet.com that Gyan has been training with the first team after recovering from injury.
The Ghana captain has been training with the first team since returning from a short holiday in his home country.
Gyan, 30, joined the Super League side from Al Ain for an undisclosed fee.
He was offered a staggering £227,000 per week compensation to make him one of the highest-paid footballers in the world.
But the iconic Ghana international suffered injuries which have kept him from playing at 100% resulting in their signing of a new foreign striker.
The arrival of Brazilian striker Hulk from from Zenit Saint Petersburg fueled speculations he could be shipped out to free the club’s wages.
This has led to the club exhausting its foreign players quota pushing Gyan to the fringes of the squad.
Gyan has not done badly since moving to China as he has made 10 appearances for the Red Eagles in his first season, scoring four times.
There have been widespread reports he could be tracked by West Ham United, who are in search of a top-striker ahead of the new season but with Andre Ayew joining the Hammers interest in Gyan could wane.
Gyan is Ghana’s all-time leading scorer with 48 goals in over 90 appearances.