Super Eagles of Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho said he wanted to move to Portugal and sign with FC Porto after Golden Eaglets Under-17 World Cup success.
Kelechi Iheanacho was the most valuable player and the top scorer of the tournament in UAE after helping the Golden Eaglets win the trophy in 2013.
“After the tournament, a few European clubs were interested in signing me; Arsenal, Porto and some others. And also, of course, Manchester City. I did not know much about these clubs”, Iheanacho said while speaking with Theplayerstribune.com.
“I thought I would choose Porto, because I knew many African players had success with the club in the past. I didn’t really believe that I could play at City because they had so many incredible players. But my father told me that I should choose City because he believed that I could achieve great things there. So I listened to my father”.
Kelechi did made a big impact at the Etihad under coach Manuel Pellegrini who gave him his debut and game time, with Iheanacho repaying the gesture with important goals.
But since former Barcelona coach Pep Gaurdiola took over from the Chilean, Iheanacho has found playing time hard to come by, and is currently almost frozen out of the Manchester City team.