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Iheanacho Grateful To Pellegrini, Guardiola, Fans For Man City Experience

Iheanacho Grateful To Pellegrini, Guardiola, Fans For Man City Experience

By James Agberebi:

Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho has sent a thank you message to Manchester City following his recent move to Leicester City.

Iheanacho, 20, signed a five-year deal with Leicester worth £25 million on Thursday.

He made his unofficial debut for Leicester in their 2-1 win against Borussia Monchengladbach, providing an assist for the Foxes' second goal scored by Jamie Vardy before going off with a knock.

In a two-minute video on his Twitter handle, Iheanacho thanked Manchester City players, fans and also former manager Manuel Pellegrini for giving him the opportunity to play for the first team during his time at the club.

"Thank you to Manchester City for helping me reach where I am today, I will remain grateful all my life," Iheanacho said.

"I want to thank the fans for helping me as well when I'm playing, singing my name, I'm so happy, I will never forget you guys. I will always remain grateful to you guys.

"I will use this opportunity to thank my teammates (former Manchester City teammates) and the manager as well Manuel Pellegrini (former manager) for getting me into the first team and also giving me the chance to play. I will also remain grateful to him."

Iheanacho reserved special praise for current Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola for helping him improve as a player.

He said: "And the current manager Pep Guardiola, a massive thank you to you for helping me grow and learn so much. I will remain grateful to you because you are a top coach and I'm happy working with you. Thank you to you Pep and to your coaching staff."

Iheanacho went on to express his gratitude to Manchester City's backroom staff.

"And also, I want to thank the staff at Mance City, the coaches, the physios, doctors, cleaners. I thank you all for being there for me and helping me get to where I am today," the Nigeria star added.

"I thank you all, I love you all and I will surely remain grateful to you all. Thank you very much from Kelechi Iheanacho."

Iheanacho joined Manchester City after excelling at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2013, which he helped Nigeria win.

The 2015/2016 season was his breakthrough campaign as he scored key goals for the club under Pellegrini even when playing mostly as a substitute.

Iheanacho was however obviously third choice striker under Guardiola following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus, and the Nigerian had to leave this summer for more playing time.

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