A few days after Super Eagles striker, Kelechi Iheanacho waxed lyrical about his experience working with Pep Guardiola, the FIFA U-17 World Cup winner got a shock of his budding career yesterday as the new Manchester City boss omitted him from the team’s provisional squad for pre-season tours of Germany and China.
According to Manchester Evening News, Guardiola has named a 32-man traveling party for the tour to Germany and China.
But it is subject to change due to visa applications.
Man City blocked Nigeria’s attempts to include Iheanacho in their Olympic squad, with Guardiola insisting on the striker joining him for pre season, rather than taking part in the Rio Games.
The tour was supposed to give the 19-year-old the chance to establish himself as Sergio Aguero’s understudy next season and also make an impression on City’s new manager.
The report says Iheanacho could yet be added to the squad for the games against Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund in Beijing and Shenzhen.
Aguero, David Silva, Joe Hart and Raheem Sterling are among those who will meet up with the squad in China.
Iheanacho scored 14 goals in all competitions for City last season.