Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho To Miss Olympics After Club Asks Him To Stay For Pre-Season With Pep Guardiola

Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho will not compete at the Olympics in Rio for Nigeria
Kelechi Iheanacho will not play at the Olympics because Pep Guardiola wants him to stay at Manchester City for vital pre-season training. The teenage striker was named in Nigeria's provisional 35-man squad for the Rio extravaganza.

But Iheanacho - who would have missed a chunk of pre-season preparations - has been informed by City he will not be released. Iheanacho would have jumped at the chance to represent Nigeria in an ideal world, but is understood to accept the decision to hold him back.

'If your country wants to play for them you surely have to go so, but it's not up for me to decide,' he said. 'I don't know if they have decided – my team and my country, I don't know if they have concluded or not.'

Iheanacho scored 14 goals during his debut season at City and has pushed himself ahead of Wilfried Bony in the striking pecking order. He will meet Guardiola at training on Monday morning and insists he will play anywhere for the new manager.

'Everyone knows Pep and what he can do. I think he is a great manager and I think he will bring many things to this team,' Iheanacho added. 'I can play number 9, 10, 7 and 11 as well so I don't have any… I can play different positions. Anywhere I can fit in, I will play. 'I am happy with what I did last season and now I have to work really hard this season to get something for the team and work for the team as well.' 

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