It Will Be Very Difficult To Speak Chinese - Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan has been speaking on Chinese television network, CCTV's Foreign Players in the CSL (Chinese Super League) show.

The Ghana captain who plays for Shanghai SIPG answered a number of questions relating to his career so far, why he chose to play in the Chinese Super League and the challenge of living in a new country with a new culture.

Top of the task facing Asamoah Gyan apparently is the language barrier, the Ghanaian who has played in Italy and France and therefore speaks both Italian and French revealing Chinese may be a brand new problem.

"Language-wise I think it's going to be very very difficult to speak Chinese but hopefully within a couple of months I will get used to it," Gyan told host Wang Dong.

"I don't know if I am going to speak Chinese or not but I will make sure I take some lessons and try to learn some words in the language," the Black Stars skipper explained.

He added: "But so far living here has been cool although I haven't been out to see the places but it's alright, I like to be indoors and stay focused until I get where I have to live, my apartment and stuff, to settle down well then I will see what I can do."

The Ghana captain is reportedly on a record $350,000 a week salary at Shaghai SIPG and repaid his employers' faith in full with the winning goal on his debut to take the team to the top of the table and has since bagged 4 goals in seven games. Gyan says settling in at the club in mid-season wasn't a problem due to his much-travelled experience.

"Honestly I've been through different challenges before getting to the Chinese league. I remember I scored on my debut when I went to Sunderland so that's how I use to psyche myself," Gyan stated.

"I remember when I was on the bench I had to psyche myself, 'this is another opportunity for you to showcase yourself to the people.' So I think it's a good start and I'm very very happy because for a striker its very important to start on a good note to build up confidence," he said.

On playing in a team with a coach from Sweden, Argentine teammate Conca, Brazilian Davi, Swedish Hysen as well as many Chinese players, Gyan says the international culture at the club is one that also excites him.

"I can adapt anywhere I go, I got to Italy when I was 18 years old, I didn't know how to speak Italian. I got there when my family wasn't with me, I was alone for a couple of years so it doesn't matter where I go," Asamoah Gyan responded.

"But talking about Coach Eriksson and the rest from different countries, it's amazing to see people from different countries come together to work, it's a good thing and it's good for the team as well," the Ghana captain emphasised.