Shanghai SIPG and Black Stars striker Asamoah Gyan has disclosed that he intends taking lessons in Mandarin to aid him settle better at his new club.
The 29 year old who spent four years in the UAE with Al-Ain scored 95 goals in 83 matches before moving for an undisclosed fee to the Chinese Super League.
Gyan scored on his debut away from home to hand his team a 1-0 victory over Shandong Luneng after coming off the bench.
He admitted that learning a new language would be a challenge but one he is willing to confront.
“I think it is going to be very difficult to speak Chinese but hopefully in a couple of months I think I will get used to it. I don’t know if I will be successful or not but I will make sure I take some lessons to see if I can learn a few words in the language. Living here has been cool although I haven’t been out a lot because I am an indoor person,” he told Chinese media house CCTV.
Gyan has been named in Avram Grant’s squad to face Canada in an international friendly which will be played on the 13th of October in Washington DC.