Kelechi Iheanacho is one of Manchester City's brightest young stars, and his rise has a lot to do with Manuel Pellegrini. And the kid is very thankful to the coach.
The Nigerian youngster spoke after the 1-1 draw against Swansea City on Sunday, in which he scored to qualify the Citizens to the Champions League next season, and while Iheanacho is excited for Pep Guardiola's arrival in the summer, he spoke about departing manager Pellegrini, who promoted Kelechi from the City academy and gave him plenty of first team opportunities.
With Pellegrini's career at City coming to an end, Iheanacho talked about his gratitude to the "special manager" who gave him a chance, and says he will not forget about the Chilean.
“He is a special manager for me and has done great things in my life – he brought me into the first team, introducing me to work with the squad right from pre-season last year.
“I am happy for him, for everything he achieved with this team, and happy that he made me a part of it. I won't forget him, no matter where he goes.
“I am not quite happy that he is going, but this is the football world and anything can happen. I just wish him good luck wherever he goes, and will be praying for him and hope to see the future.
“He is popular with the players – he makes people happy when they work with him because he likes to play football.
“I have been playing and scoring goals this season, so it has been a huge difference to what happened to me last season. But next season I hope to be much better, and score more goals to help the team succeed in all the competitions.”
Source: Manchester Evening News