Nigerian starlet snubs Man United & Arsenal in favour of Man City

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Manchester City have won the race to sign highly-rated starlet Kelechi Iheanacho ahead of Manchester United and Arsenal, according to the Nigerian national team coach.

The Express reports that the 17-year-old striker, who recently was named star player at the under-17s World Cup, has chosen the Citizens ahead of their Premier League rivals because that's where he feels he has a future.

Both United and Arsenal, as well as Portuguese giants Porto, were attracted to the youngster after his endeavours for his national youth side but if the voices of those close to him are to be believed then he is set to reject the trio.

Iheanacho's father, James, said: "We prayed and, after talks with family members, we came up with Manchester City, believing he has a future there."

Nigeria head coach Stephen Keshi added fuel to the fire of the forward's move to England, suggesting that he was in talks with a Premier League club. The youngster has been training with the Nigeria senior team in preparation for the African Cup of Nations next year.

"Initially a young man came declaring that he was the agent of Iheanacho, but I declined to deal with him until I heard from the family because the boy is still a minor," Keshi said.

"It was soon after my rejection that I got a call from his father who told me that they have got a travelling visa to the United Kingdom and that I should oblige him with his son's release.

"I did and told the young man to go and do the nation proud at whichever club he finally chooses to settle down with."

The Express claims that Manuel Pellegrini intends to integrate Iheanacho into their academy based in Ghana until he has enough national caps for a work permit to be accepted.

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