By Izuchukwu Okosi
Leicester City on Thursday evening completed the £25m signing of Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho on a five-year deal.
The month-long transfer saga has finally come to an end with the 20-year-old Nigeria international confirmed as a Leicester player after issues concerning his image rights became a stumbling block to the deal being announced earlier.
Iheanacho completed his medical at Leicester on Tuesday and has become Craig Shakespeare’s fourth signing of the summer. His former club, Manchester City however inserted a buy-back clause in the contract.
Super Eagles star Iheanacho will wear the number 8 jersey at Leicester and becomes the third Nigerian at the club along with Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa.
Iheanacho scored 21 goals in 64 appearances for Man City but boasts the highest goals-to-minutes ratio of any player to have scored 10 or more Premier League goals.
Speaking to LCFC TV, Iheanacho said: “It feels good and I’m happy to be part of this team. I know the ambition of the team and speaking with the manager, he let me know what I need to do – to help the team achieve what they want. I was convinced and I’m happy to be here.
“I was happy speaking with the manager, knowing what the team wants. It gives me more confidence that I will fit in this team and hopefully I’ll achieve a lot.”
Leicester City manager Shakespeare added: “It’s a great signing for us. Kelechi is an enormously talented player that has shown a huge amount of promise at every level in which he’s played.
“We’ve tracked his progress for some time, so we know how much quality he’ll bring to the squad. He’s young, he’s hungry, he’s ready for the next stage of his development and I’m delighted that will be with Leicester City.”