Nigeria international Kelechi Iheanacho has signed a five-year deal with Leicester City after completing a switch from fellow Premier League side Manchester City, the Premier League club have announced.
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The 20-year-old, who fell out of the first team at City after the arrival of Brazilian Gabriel Jesus in January, signed a five-year contract with the Foxes on an undisclosed fee, and will be wearing the no.8 jersey.
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The Taye Academy product becomes the most expensive Nigerian player ever as Leicester reportedly paid £25 million for his services, displacing Odion Ighalo when he signed for Chinese club Changchun Yatai for £20m in January. Also the second highest African transfer fee this season behind Mohamed Salah’s £34.3m move from Roma to Liverpool.
The transfer was delayed by legal issues over his image rights with his former agents.
Manchester City succeeded in inserting a buy-back clause in the contract, which Jollof Sports understands to stand at £50m for one of Europe’s brightest young footballers.
Speaking to LCFC TV, Iheanacho said: “It feels good and I’m happy to be part of this team. I know the ambition of the team and speaking with the manager, he let me know what I need to do – to help the team achieve what they want. I was convinced and I’m happy to be here.
“I was happy speaking with the manager, knowing what the team wants. It gives me more confidence that I will fit in this team and hopefully I’ll achieve a lot.”