Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers has revealed his fears on Super Eagles midfielder Kelechi Iheanacho’s future after reports of his Man City contract came up for discussion in a press briefing where the Irishman gave an update on the club’s transfer direction.
The 23-year-old moved to the King Power Stadium from City in 2017 in a £25m deal.
Having struggled for a shirt in the Foxes’ starting IX under previous managers Craig Shakespeare and Claude Puel, the Nigeria international – under Rodgers – has transformed from a fringe player to a mainstream one, following his decent and impressive performances for the club in the Carabao and FA Cup.
Iheanacho has proven to be a capable back-up to England international, Jamie Vardy and even further proved his worth in the team when he slotted in perfectly for the injured Vardy in their 4-1 win over West Ham last week, where he won a penalty to hand the Foxes the momentum.
This is now Iheanacho’s third season and now has two years left in his five-year contract, which also includes a buy-back clause, hence, the prospect of a return to the Etihad looms if the Citizens decide to activate the clause.
It is a situation the former Celtic manager is well aware of and admits the terms of the contract means a return to the Etihad is still feasible.
“I’m not totally sure, but these things usually last the course of the first deal he signs.
“So, Iheanacho joined on a five-year contract in 2017, so leading to 2022.
‘’Even if he negotiates an extended deal in that time, I’d expect the buy-back clause to still be applicable until 2022.
“After that, it may be void,” he told Leicestermercury.co.uk.
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