Asamoah Gyan signs with Kayserispor in Turkey

Marks end of six month absence from European play

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has completed the signing of a two year deal with Turkish club Kayserispor, with a one-year player option. He will leave behind his Chinese club Shanghai SIPG, who last season loaned him out to Al Ahli in the United Arab Emirates. The 31-year-old returns to a European club for the first time since 2011, when he last played for Sunderland in England. Kayserispor and Gyan have their work cut out for them, as the club has just missed relegation in the past two seasons in the Turkish Super Lig. Gyan had previously been linked to Turkish club Bursaspor.

Gyan began his professional career with Liberty Professionals in his home country before moving to Udinese in Italy in 2003. In his five years with the club, including a two year loan to Modena, he scored a total of 26 goals. He has also played for the Ligue 1 club Rennes and the Premier League club Sunderland, joining the latter in 2010. In 2010, he earned the BBC African Footballer of the Year award. In 2011, he was lured away by Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. He played there for four years before becoming one of the highest paid players in the world thanks to his 2015 signing with Shanghai SIPG. Meanwhile, he has played an important role for the Ghanaian national team, debuting on the international stage at the age of 17 and scoring in his first game in 2003. His name is in the record books as the first ever Ghanaian goal scorer in a FIFA World Cup, accomplished in a match against the Czech Republic in the 2006 World Cup. Gyan is also famous for threatening to walk out of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations after receiving death threats from angry Ghana fans.

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