By Denzel Alilionwu
Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho has committed his future to Manchester City by signing a new extension to his
current deal on Thursday.
Iheanacho was blocked by Pep Guardiola from representing Nigeria at the 2016 Olympics, a clear indication that the
former Taye Academy starlet is in the plans of the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager.
“Striker Kelechi Iheanacho has signed a new two-year contract extension with City,” the Manchester City website
announced on Thursday.
“The 19-year-old Nigeria international, who scored 14 times in all competitions last season, is one of the game’s
finest young forwards and will now stay with the Club until at least 2021.”
Iheanacho expressed his excitement at signing the new contract at the Sky Blues: “I can’t express how I’m feeling!
I’m very happy to sign my new deal for this Club, I’m excited.
“I just need to keep working hard and express my feelings on the pitch, and work really well and do great things for
the team. I’m happy and I appreciate everything the Club has done for me so far at this point so I really need to
help and work for them as well.”
Guardiola had words of commendation for the former youth international: “Kelechi is a natural goal-scorer. I knew
about him before, but I’ve been really impressed with him since I arrived.
“I like his personality, his attitude, his ability – we hope to help him reach the highest level and to realise his
Iheanacho made a first-team impact at City back in 2014 on the summer tour of America, having caught the eye for
Nigeria at the Under 17 World Cup a year before.