Lagos - It can be revealed that Nigeria youth international
Kelechi Iheanacho would have been a player of Stoke City instead of Manchester
The Flying Eagles attacking midfielder also received two
concrete offers from Hamburg and Porto after displaying his wares at the 2013
Fifa Under 17 World Cup.
But according to the intermediary that represented the three
European clubs during negotiations, Tony Udemagwuna, the teams pulled the plug
on the deal after he discovered that Kelechi's dad, James Iheanacho, had signed
mandates with different agents.
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''Stoke City, Porto and Hamburg wanted Kelechi Iheanacho and
offered him a contract,'' said Tony Udemagwuna to news24.
''I was told that Kelechi's father had given six different
people mandates to transfer the player so they called off negotiations.''
Apart from the interest from England and Germany, the Taye
Academy product was heavily courted by PAOK, Sporting Lisbon, Udinese, Monaco
and Chelsea before sealing his move to the Etihad Stadium.
Kelechi Iheanacho played a minor role at the recently
concluded Fifa Under 20 World Cup, featuring in games against Brazil and
Hungary before Nigeria crashed out of the tournament.
-Soccer Laduma For
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