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Iheanacho Set To Break Into Man City First Team

Posted: May 26, 2015 at 7:41 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuike Chukwu, Lagos

Nigeria U-20 star, Kelechi Iheanacho, would be listed by Manchester City in next season’s first-team squad, according to the EPL club’s top recruitment boss.

Gary Worthington, head of player recruitment at City and a former striker with Wrexham and Wigan Athletic, has exclusively informed AfricanFootball.com that Iheanacho was in Manuel Pellegrini’s plans for the forthcoming season.

“Kelechi is back scoring goals after his injury. After what he showed in recent games like that against Manchester United (U21s), he is very much part of the first-team plans for next season,” Worthington told only AfricanFootball.com

The 18-year-old Iheanacho has already been granted a work permit in England under the special talent clause and has insisted he wishes to battle it out with City’s superstars like Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko for a spot in the first XI.

It was earlier reported that the Nigeria youngster has turned down a chance to go out on loan, insisting he would rather stay back at the Ettihad and fight to make the first team.

“He refused to go on loan. He and his representatives have told City he would rather battle the likes of Aguero and Dzeko for a place in the first team,” revealed the source.

Iheanacho has in the meantime reunited with the Flying Eagles ahead of the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand after he joined them up in Auckland for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.