Man City’s Buy-Back Clause On Iheanacho Worries Rodgers

Man City’s Buy-Back Clause On Iheanacho Worries Rodgers

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.

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“After that, it may be void,” he told Leicestermercury.co.uk.

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