Kelechi Iheanacho commits to new deal at Leicester City, while Brendan Rodgers expresses confidence that Foxes can match extended terms with in-form striker
- Kelechi Iheanacho is expected to sign a new contract with Leicester City
- Iheanacho has enjoyed great form and was named Player of the Month
- The 24-year-old has a year left on his £ 60,000-a-week deal at the King Power
- Brendan Rodgers is confident that all parties can reach an agreement quickly
Kelechi Iheanacho is expected to sign a new contract with Leicester City this summer as a reward for his stunning recent form.
The Nigerian will take on former club Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday after seven goals in his last four games.
Iheanacho, who earns around £ 60,000 a week, has another year on his contract at the end of the campaign and there is confidence on both sides that he will accept new terms.
Kelechi Iheanacho is expected to close a new deal with Leicester City
Boss Brendan Rodgers said, “He’s someone we’d like to have. You strive for a team that develops and gets better, and he can contribute to that.
“I’m pretty sure something will be organized between him and his representatives.”
Iheanacho was usually Jamie Vardy’s deputy during his time at Leicester, but they recently flourished as a premier partnership.
The 24-year-old was in sensational form and was named Player of the Month
The Nigerian has formed a great duo with Foxes star Jamie Vardy in recent weeks
James Maddison is fit again after missing the last six games with hip problems and will play a part, but it’s very hard to see Iheanacho banned from City, who sold him for £ 25m four years ago.
Rodgers added: ‘Kelechi has kept a great attitude and is a really dedicated player and he’s very resilient.
“You’ve had moments this season, like the game at Crystal Palace, where he didn’t have his best game and it seemed like his confidence had fallen.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers says he is confident that all parties can reach an agreement
‘It is our job as managers and coaches to make him feel important, because he is.
‘At the age of 24 he develops and shows a very high level and the aim is to continue that.’
Leicester – Manchester City, 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports.