Nigerian starlet Kelechi Iheanacho claims Manchester City is his preferred destination ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United, reports Gary Jones of the Daily Star.
The 17-year-old was voted the Most Valuable Player of the Under-17 World Cup earlier this year, and Nigeria head coach Stephen Keshi has revealed he has excused Iheanacho from training so he can negotiate his move:
Initially a young man came declaring that he was the agent of Iheanacho, but I declined to deal with him until I heard from the family because the boy is still a minor, he said.
It was soon after my rejection that I got a call from his father who told me that they have got a 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.
According to the Daily Star article, Iheanacho's father, James, revealed City were the team his family wanted him to sign for:
We prayed and, after talks with family members, we came up with Manchester City, believing he has a future there.