Most Valuable Player at the 2013 edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Kelechi Iheanacho has been released by coach Stephen Keshi to complete a move to Manchester City.
Iheanacho was in Abuja training with the home based Eagles preparing for the CHAN championship next year in South Africa.
Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi said he had to sanction the departure of the player after his father personally put a call to him yesterday afternoon requesting the release of his son.
“Initially a young man came declaring that he was the agent of Iheanacho, but I declined to deal with him until I hear from the family because the boy is still a minor.
“It was soon after my rejection that I got a call from his father who told me that they have gotten travelling visa to the United Kingdom and that I should oblige him with his son’s release. I did and told the young man to go and do the nation proud at whichever club he finally chooses to settle down with”.Keshi said.
Manchester City beat several top European sides including Chelsea and Arsenal to land the talented youngster.
Although Iheanacho does not qualify for a work permit ┬áCity intend to use the exceptional talent rule to secure a work permit for him, the same rule with which Chelsea signed John Mikel Obi back in 2006.