Pep Guardiola Confirms Kelechi Iheanacho Is Set for Man City Exit Within 'Next Ten Days'

Thursday July 20th, 2017

​Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that Kelechi Iheanacho is closing in a move away from the Etihad which could come within the next ten days. 


Despite showing a lot of promise the 20-year-old has had limited opportunities with the first-team and as a result has been the subject of interest from clubs across the Premier League, with Leicester City said to be closing in for a deal worth £25m. 

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola (L) talks with Manchester City's Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho (R) during a team training session at Manchester City Football Academy Campus in Manchester, north west England, on October 18, 2016 ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group C football match against Barcelona at the Camp Nou on October 19. / AFP / Anthony Devlin (Photo credit should read ANTHONY DEVLIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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In his last two seasons with City, Iheanacho has scored 21 goals in 64 appearances as he showed his clinical finish in front of goal. However, Guardiola opted to leave the 20-year-old on the bench in favour of the likes of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling.


With City currently in the United States for their pre-season tour, Guardiola said in his press-conference, via ​Leicester Mercury"Kelechi is a young player. It was easy, an honour to work with him, because it's not easy for him, I didn't give him a lot of choices.

"But he's close to making a transfer. Maybe in the next week, in the next 10 days, it's going to finish."


City have made sure that they've kept their options open by inserting a buy-back clause in his deal. Guardiola added: "We'll have an option to have the opportunity in a few years to bring him back.

"But he's a young player and we believe he deserves to play, he needs to play at that age and that's why the club will decide what's best for him."


With the World Cup around the corner, Iheanacho will be desperate for consistent game time to continue his development and if he does move to Leicester then he will be linking up with Nigeria teammates, Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa.

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