Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho will not be joining others to the Rio Olympics in Brazil as the new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola rather wants him with the club for pre-season training.
Iheanacho was selected in Nigeria’s 35-man provisional squad for the football tournament despite Manchester City’s letter to the Nigerian Football Federation telling them the player would be unavailable.
Though Iheanacho had expressed interest in the Brazil games which would take place between August 3 and 20, being there would have cost him the opening weeks of the Premier League season, and the club believes being a part of the pre-season would be very beneficial for him.
While the player has been with the English club since 2014 after moving from Taye Academy, he only joined the senior side last season, and made impressive marks with 14 goals in 35 appearances.
He said, “I am happy with what I did last season and now I have to work really hard this season to get something for the team and work for the team as well.”
“Everyone wants to start games and work hard. I need to work extra hard and I will get a chance. It will be a big season for me, and for every player,” he added.