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OFFICIAL: Iheanacho signs 5-year deal with Leicester | Striker to wear No.8 jersey

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.

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.

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.”

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