Kelechi Iheanacho has shunned the Nigeria U-23s who are set to feature in the football event of the Rio 2016 Olympics and will instead focus on forcing his way into new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola team.

19 year old Iheanacho broke into the first team of Manchester City last season during the reign of Manuel Pelligrini as coach but with new manager Pep Guardiola linked with forwards like Nolito and Leroy Sane, the Nigerian will face a fierce battle to keep his spot in the team.


Iheanacho opted to remain at Manchester City to have a head start ahead of Sergio Kun Aguero who is set to arrive late for pre season due to his involvement with Argentina at the ongoing Copa America and even if Guardiola end up signing Sane and Nolito they will also arrive late.

Also manager Pep Guardiola warned he wants the full compliment of his players for pre season starting from July 1st where they are expected to tour China in preparation for the start of the English football season.

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He will miss most of City’s pre season games if he opts to go to the Olympics with Nigeria as the events starts on the 3rd of August and if Nigeria progress from their group he will miss the start of the English Premier League.

If Nigeria progressed to the medal stages he would miss the first leg of Manchester City Champions League play-off.

*Rasheed Michael