Nigeria youngster Kelechi Iheanacho will be sent out on loan in January by EPL champions Manchester City, according to a report on AfricanFootball.com
“He will go on loan in January,” revealed a top Manchester City official.
However, the official would not divulge the destination of the exciting Nigeria U20 star.
Speculations have been rife he could be shipped out to City’s affiliate New York City FC in the MLS.
Incidentally, Iheanacho is back in Nigeria recuperating from a hamstring injury he picked up after City’s pre-season tour of the United States of America.
He is expected back in England at the end of next month, when he is expected to sign a professional contract as he would clock 18 on October 3.
Iheanacho, who was voted the MVP of the 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup in UAE, shone at the recent pre-season USA tour of English Premier League champions, scoring three goals.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini hailed the Nigeria starlet as the future of the EPL champions after his impressive outing in the United States.
“We have new players. Kelechi is just 17 years old and he’s a very important player for us in the future,” Pellegrini remarked.
“He demonstrated (vs Kansas City) what he can do in the future. It depends on the way he takes this profession, but I think he’s a good talent.”
Iheanacho’s coach at U17 and U20 Nigeria teams, Manu Garba, further remarked: “He is a highly promising talent and Nigeria could really get a lot out of him even at this stage of his career.
“Personally, I believe he is more talented than most of the top stars at Manchester City, who are only more experienced than he is.
“I’m yet to see a player of his age who can score goals around the 18-yard box with such class and composure like he does.
“In training with the U17s, he often scores four, five goals. I’m therefore not surprised that more people are now talking about him.”