Football

Former coach advises Kelechi Iheanacho not to return to Manchester City

Super Eagles and Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has signed a new deal with the Club, keeping him at King Power Stadium until at least 2024.

Manu Garba, the coach who led Kelechi Iheanacho and mates to win the FIFA Under-17 world cup in 2013 with Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets has advised the in form Leicester City striker not to return to his former club Manchester City on transfer.

Garba’s advise stems from speculation that Manchester City intends to trigger the buy back clause in Kelechi’s contract when they sold him to his current club three seasons ago.

“Kelechi should reject Man City and continue his development in Leicester City under coach Brendan Rogers who revived his career. I doubt if Pep Guadiola will give him the kind of playing time he is enjoying under Rogers, if he makes the switch back to Etihad,” Garba said in an interview.

“I am not surprised by his scintillating form which has seen him win the EPL player of the month award and notched 14 goals for the third placed Leicester and reached the FA Cup final. I have always believed that Kelechi is very talented and that if properly guided, he would become a world class forward.

“He has just begun to be the world class player I predicted he would be. Kelechi is still far from the big player we thought he would be. The world has yet to see his best. He didn’t become a hit early enough because he lost focus on getting to England, but he has retraced his step and on the right path to glory,” Garba who also coached Kelechi at FIFA Under-20 World cup said.

Garba added: “With Leicester City, Kelechi has added creativity to his game and he gives good assists to his co- striker more regularly now. He is now a player oozing with confidence and self-belief. If he remains focused and keep his form, I know bigger clubs will come for him, but certainly Man City under Guadiola no good for him.”

On Iheanacho’s difficulty in replicating his club form with the Super Eagles, Garba attributes it to lack of the right blend in the national team.

“it is because the Eagles hardly have enough time to train together before matches,” Garba said.

“I believe the national team coaches will get to know that his best position is support striker when they have long camping”.

Get more stories like this on Twitter and Telegram

Recommended Stories