Leicester star set to be offered ‘bumper’ new contract

Date published: Thursday 25th March 2021 1:16 - Lewis Oldham

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Leicester City star Kelechi Iheanacho is set to be offered a new long-term contract as a reward for his fine form this season.

The forward joined Manchester City in 2014 and he made his debut for them in 2015. He netted 21 times from 64 outings for the Premier League leaders in his two years in their first-team.

Leicester splashed out around £25m for Iheanacho ahead of the 2017/18 season.


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The form of Jamie Vardy in recent years has forced Iheanacho to just be a bit-part player for most of his time with the Foxes.

The striker scored 20 goals from 91 appearances for Leicester in his first three years with the club. But he has come into his own in recent weeks.

Iheanacho has five goals in his last three Premier League games. This includes a hat-trick against Sheffield United in their most recent league outing.

His fine form has carried over into the FA Cup as well. He got a brace to help beat Manchester United 3-1 in the quarter-finals of the competition.

The Sun have reported that the player will be offered a new long-term deal this summer. A source close to the club told the outlet that Iheanacho is “happy” at Leicester:

“He is happy at Leicester – that’s why he is playing so well.

“The future will take care of itself. Kelechi has another year on his contract but he believes the place where you play your best football – is the best place for you.

“Of course there is always interest in good players, especially goalscorers. But he wants to focus on his current form with so much still to play for with Leicester.”

Speaking after Leicester’s win over Man United that Iheanacho is at the “top” of his game:

“Kelechi has always contributed. Maybe his confidence was lower but he works so hard every day and always comes in and gives his all. You see his confidence now. He’s at the top of his game.

“It’s a different structure [up front]. Kelechi is probably best with someone up there with him. Those two are working very well.”

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