Kelechi Iheanacho says new Manchester City signing Gabriel Jesus made an impression on him the first time they met in 2015 at the U-20 World Youth Championship in New Zealand.
Jesus scored the first goal for Brazil in a game which Nigeria lost 4-2, and Iheanacho who admired the finishing prowess of his new teammates on that fateful day say he is happy to be at same club with the 20 year old forward.
“I haven’t met him but I think I played with him in the Under-20 World Cup, against Brazil, it was our first game,” the Nigerian said after City drew with Celtic in December. “He’s a great kid, he’s a great striker, he has great qualities, he was a great player.
“What we need is to help our club. We need everybody, both the people coming in and the people here, to carry the team along. It’s a collective effort, it’s not a one-man show, we need everybody around. He is my team-mate now so we see him as one.
“I’m going to be happy to see him playing with us,” the Nigerian added. “As I said before, it’s a collective effort and the manager needs to bring his players to help us achieve our dreams this season.”