Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho was outstanding for Manchester City last season, which could earn him improved deal
Kelechi Iheanacho is expected to be rewarded for his outstanding breakthrough season with an improved contract at Manchester City.
The Nigerian international was one of the star performers in what was an ultimately disappointing campaign under Manuel Pellegrini – scoring 14 goals in 11 starts.
And he will be handed more opportunities by Pep Gaurdiola – despite the incoming City manager targeting a striker this summer, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on his radar.
With Iheanacho contracted until 2019 it is understood City are relaxed about his position – despite speculation surrounding his future.
Any improved deal would be a reward for his impressive form since breaking into the first team – rather than any pressure to tie him to a longer deal.
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak singled the 19-year-old out for praise in his end of season address – making it clear that he is considered a major part of the club’s future.
“We’ve had some good experiences this year with pushing some of our talents from the academy and Kelechi is a great example of that,” he said. “Credit to Kelechi at his age to rise and score 14 goals at this level.
“He’s got a goal-per-minute ratio that is quite remarkable comparable to many important players around the world.
“I think next year and the years that are coming he will have more minutes and I hope he will keep that goal-per-minute ratio at the level it’s at right now.”