Nigeria International Kelechi Iheanacho Says 'Premier League is not easy', Speaks about his Future, Club and Coach
Manchester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho claims he is unaware of speculation about his future and expects to be still at the club next season when as activities Kicks off.
The young Blues striker spent longer than most players waving to the away fans at Watford on Sunday, fuelling speculation that he might leave this summer.
With Sergio Aguero now committed to staying and Gabriel Jesus also ahead of the Nigeria international, other clubs are sniffing around the 20-year-old, with Pep Guardiola saying his future would be discussed in the summer.
Everton are reported to be preparing a £20million bid in preparation for Romelu Lukaku departing Goodison Park, while Hoffenheim, West Ham, West Brom and Southampton have also been linked.
But Iheanacho was adamant that he has no current plans to leave the Etihad Stadium.
Asked about all the speculation, he said: “I’m not very aware of that.
“I just keep working with the team and I’m still at Manchester City so I’ll meet up with the boys and kick off the season with Manchester City.
“I’m happy to stay at Manchester City and keep fighting to help them achieve what they want to achieve.”
Iheanacho has made just five Premier League starts this season, and only one start in any competition in 2017 – even though Jesus was out injured for nearly three months.
Even taking into account his substitute appearance, Iheanacho has only played 153 minutes of football in this calendar year.
But he claimed he was unfazed by his lack of pitch time since Jesus signed in January.
“Manchester City is a big team and we need to go far as a squad, so we need everybody,” he said.
“Of course everyone is competing but we compete as a team. The manager can only pick 11 players so everyone is working, doing well and going 100 percent. So we keep working and see what comes around next season.
“It was a good season so I’ve really enjoyed it with my teammates.”
Guardiola has not played Iheanacho as much as his predecessor Manuel Pellegrini did, but the youngster feels he has learned a lot from the manager.
“He’s a great manager. He’s one of the best managers in the world — probably the best — so I’ve learnt, he’s taught me a lot,” he said.
“He knows football so I’m happy to be his player and to play for him in the team. I’m happy he’s my manager. I’m very, very lucky to have him as my manager in the team.
“We don’t have silverware this season so of course there’s going to be a bit of disappointment.
“We finished very well this season in the top four and qualified for the Champions League next season - the Premier League is not easy.
“Next season we’re going to come back stronger and it’s going to be a better season from us.”