Reports: Kelechi Iheanacho set to sign improved contract deal after fantastic season

Reports: Kelechi Iheanacho set to sign improved contract deal after fantastic season

The talented 19-year-old Nigerian forward, who was excellent having broken into the first-team last term, is set to earn an improved contract deal.

Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is set to sign a new and improved contract, according to reports in Manchester Evening News this week.

The talented 19-year-old Nigerian, whose rapid rise into the first-team has been excellent to see – netted 14 goals and created five assists across all competitions, including eight in the Premier League, despite having only made a handful of appearances, most of which were from the substitutes’ bench.

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Manchester City 4-0 Stoke City: Kelechi at the double as Citizens breeze past leaky Potters

Manchester City 4-0 Stoke City: Kelechi at the double as Citizens breeze past leaky Potters

Goals from Fernandinho, Agüero from the penalty spot, as well as a well-taken double from talented youngster Kelechi Iheanacho helped Citizens to a welcome victory in the lunchtime kick-off.

City in control as Potters ship four once more

Manchester City‘s aims of finishing the 2015/16 campaign strongly were given a welcome boost after their surprising away draw with Rafa BenitezNewcastle side in midweek – as they comprehensively saw off the challenge of Stoke City at home in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at the Ethiad.

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Aston Villa 0-4 Manchester City: Kelechi the hat-trick hero as Citizens progress to Round Five

Aston Villa 0-4 Manchester City: Kelechi the hat-trick hero as Citizens progress to Round Five

He was cool, calm, collected. Kelechi Iheanacho, helped seal the Citizens’ passage into Round Five of this year’s FA Cup after a well-taken hat-trick at Villa Park against an out-of-sorts Villa side.

Kelechi Iheanacho. Despite finding regular minutes hard to come by in an ever-improving Manchester City side, the talented young Nigerian forward has maintained his aspiration – to keep improving and establish himself in England’s top flight. An admirable attitude, self-belief and undeniable quality were all on-show as the 19-year-old scored a well-taken hat-trick to help seal the Citizens’ passage into this year’s FA Cup Fifth Round.

Remi Garde‘s Aston Villa side were out-of-sorts, and struggled to create much in the final third. But in fairness, the visitors had too much quality for them to deal with sufficiently, and ran out deserved winners at Villa Park.

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Kelechi Iheanacho rewarded with first Nigeria call-up

Kelechi Iheanacho rewarded with first Nigeria call-up

The 19-year-old forward’s form has not gone unnoticed – as he’s been called up to the Nigerian senior side for the first time in his young footballing career.

Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been rewarded for his excellent form of late, with his first call-up for the Nigerian senior side.

The 19-year-old, who scored one and assisted two during the Citizens‘ 5-1 rout over Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, is certainly a player to look out for in the forseeable future. His talent and quality has not gone unnoticed by Nigeria’s current boss Sunday Oliseh – who admitted he has been “following” Kelechi’s progress in Manchester, and the forward has been consequently rewarded.

Kelechi receives maiden senior call-up

Kelechi is one of four Premier League players included in Oliseh’s 23-man squad to face Swaziland in their 2018 World Cup qualifying fixture in mid-November, with Watford forward Odion Ighalo, Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel and Arsenal‘s Alex Iwobi also being selected.

His club manager, Manuel Pellegrini, had this to say after Kelechi’s impressive display in their Capital One Cup win: “I think that he has an important future at this club, he is a player that is growing everyday, playing and improving. Working hard in training with important players – I am happy for him, because he deserves it.”

Iheanacho hoping for more opportunities to shine

Having praised his African teammates Wilfried Bony and Yaya Touré for helping him settle into the first-team properly, saying they are like “big brothers” to him, Kelechi admits it is difficult to break into the City side as an attack-minded player with the likes of Sergio Agüero and Bony to contend with for starting places.

However, he maintains the belief that he just has to “work hard in training everyday”, as he believes that he can “go all the way” and that hopefully, he’ll be able to do “great things” at City in the coming years – because he has the quality to prove himself when given opportunities to do so.