Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Kelechi Set to Snub Olympic Call to Focus on the Blues

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Kelechi Set to Snub Olympic Call to Focus on the Blues

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KELECHI Iheanacho looks set to turn down a chance to play in the Olympic Games in order to make a big impression on Pep Guardiola this summer.

The Nigeria Football Federation has said its requests for the promising 19-year-old to be released so he can take part in the Games' football tournament have not been answered by Manchester City.

No final decision has been taken on whether Iheanacho, who had a great breakthrough season with 14 goals last time out, will go to the Rio Games.

If the player makes it plain he wants to go, the Blues will give it serious consideration.

Clubs have been obliged to release players at previous Olympics, but this time it is at their discretion whether they allow them to go.

But Iheanacho would miss most of City's pre-season and would even be away in Brazil when the campaign kicks off in August 13 if Nigeria progress from the group stage. …

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