Striker Kelechi Iheanacho has signed a new contract with Manchester City. The new deal will now keep him at the club until 2021.
The 19-year-old Nigeria international, who scored 14 times in all competitions last season and one of the club’s finest young forwards, said he is so happy to have signed a contract extension with the club.
“I can’t express how I’m feeling! I’m very happy to sign my new deal for this Club, I’m excited.
“I just need to keep working hard and express my feelings on the pitch, and work really well and do great things for the team. I’m happy and I appreciate everything the Club has done for me so far at this point so I really need to help and work for them as well.”
"I can't express how I'm feeling now!" Congrats @67Kelechi ????
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 18, 2016
Kelechi Iheanacho made his first-team impact at City back in 2014 on the summer tour of America, having caught the eye for Nigeria at the Under-17 World Cup a year before.
The affable forward overcame injury challenges in 2014/15 to serve more notice of his ability for City youth sides, scoring in the FA Youth Cup final against Chelsea and in the International Premier League Cup final win over Porto.
His meteoric rise continued with a Premier League debut against Watford in August 2015 and the next game saw Kelechi come off the bench to score a 90th minute winner against Crystal Palace.
His goal on the final day of the season against Swansea that secured a 1-1 draw ultimately helped City into the Champions League qualifiers.
City’s manager Pep Guardiola, said he is impressed with the youngster since his arrival at the club. He said:
“Kelechi is a natural goal-scorer. I knew about him before, but I’ve been really impressed with him since I arrived. I like his personality, his attitude, his ability – we hope to help him reach the highest level and to realise his full potential.”