Pep Guardiola tells Iheanacho he doesn’t need him
Kelechi Iheanacho has been left out of Manchester City’s provisional pre-season tour squad.
But the squad list is subject to change due to visa applications.City manager, Pep Guardiola, has named a 32-man travelling party for the tour to Germany and China and Iheanacho is conspicuously missing.
It is not yet clear of this latest development will open up an opportunity for Iheanacho to represent Nigeria at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
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 19-year-old will be given the chance to establish himself as Sergio Aguero’s understudy next season and the tour was going to be his chance to make an impression on City’s new manager.
He 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.