Kelechi Iheanacho signs a new three-year contract with Leicester City until 2024
|Kelechi Iheanacho pens new Leicester city contract until 2024. (Photo credit: lcfc.com)|
Leicester City announced that in form striker Kelechi Iheanacho has signed a new contract with the club, which will keep the Nigerian at the King Power Stadium until 2024.
This is a good deal for the foxes as the hierarchy seem to have done the right thing by extending his contract with a new deal.
The 24-year-old is in the form of his life and he is enjoying his football again, having scored seven goals in his last four matches for Leicester and winning the premier league's player of the Month award for March 2021.
The Nigeria international joined the Foxes from Manchester City in August 2017 and has gone on to feature for the Foxes 117 times in all competitions, scoring 32 goals – 12 of which have come in the current campaign.
Iheanacho told LCFC.com: “I can’t express how I’m feeling. I’m excited, I’m happy, I’m overwhelmed! It’s a great moment and I’m happy that Leicester City gave me a new contract.
“It’s been a great time here. It’s not been easy, but there’s a lot of people here that are good people, great people to work with. They are nice people and they make me feel comfortable and welcome since I came in.
“It’s been really great being here. It’s like a family. I’m happy being here and hopefully I can stay here many more years.”
Born in Imo, Nigeria, Iheanacho represented Taye Academy in Owerri as a youth, before joining Manchester City’s Academy in January 2015.
He made 46 appearances for the Citizens in all competitions, finding the net 12 times, before signing for Leicester City in August 2017.
During his first season at the Club, the striker featured for City 28 times in all competitions, scoring eight goals, including a brace against Fleetwood Town and Peterborough United in the FA Cup, and also went on to represent his country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
In 2018/19, he made 35 appearances for City, scoring twice, while he scored 10 goals in 26 appearances for the Foxes last season, helping them to secure a fifth-place finish in the Premier League and UEFA Europa League football the following campaign.
Iheanacho has represented Nigeria at Under-17s and Under-20s level, and has made 31 senior appearances for his country, scoring nine goals.