The Black Stars captain says an injury thwarted his chances of joining the 2013-14 Premier League champions seven years ago
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has revealed he almost joined Premier League giants Manchester City in 2008.
The Shanghai SIPG frontman enjoyed a brief cult status in the English topflight between 2010 and 2011 with his trademark goal celebration dance moves, having joined Sunderland from French side Rennes.
Speaking to media men on his arrival in Ghana form China on his relationship with Sven Goran Eriksson, a former trainer of the Sky Blues and current coach of Shanghai SIPG, the 29-year-old disclosed that his kinship with the Swedish trainer transcends 2015.
“Our relationship has been very good,” Gyan said on Tuesday.
“I knew Eriksson way back in 2008 when he was at Man City. He nearly signed me for the club but I had an injury at the 2008 Afcon and so the deal didn't happen.
“I would say he has been a great fan since day one so he knows my capabilities and everything.
“He is one of the best, he has coached one of the best teams in the world and he has coached one of the best national teams in the world.
“Talking about relationship, he's very good, it's like a father and son relationship. He tries to understand what the players want and he adds his experience to it and he delivers on the pitch which is a good thing.”
Gyan, who netted 10 times during his time at Sunderland, has so far scored 4 goals in 10 appearances for the Chinese outfit since his arrival in July.