Super Eagles and City forward Kelechi Iheanacho has talked about his desire to stay at Etihad and fight for his future despite a solid transfer move to West Ham.
Iheanacho has tumbled down in Pep Guardiola pecking order at the Etihad Stadium, with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus City’s favoured forward.
Reports in the British media have proposed that the Hammers are in serious negotiation to take care of business with a £20million deal up for the Nigerian international.
The 20-year-old was restricted to only five Premier League starts in 2016/2017 season, but the forward insists he has no plan to move out from Manchester City.
Asked by BBC World Football podcast if there’s a possibility for him at City next season, he answered: “Definitely.
“I don’t know about that news [regarding a move]. All I know is that I’m still at Manchester City, I’m still a Manchester City player so all the news that is going about teams wanting to get me, I make an effort not to think about that.
“People will go on holiday and we will see. It’s not only me that hasn’t been playing, there are other players.
“The manager rotates the players and squad so that everyone gets game time. So I shouldn’t be complaining that I’m not getting games
“We are one squad and we are a full squad so everybody is not going to be playing at the same time.”
Iheanacho admitted, however, that last season didn’t go according to plan for him or the team, with City passing up a major opportunity for a trophy in Guardiola’s first season in the English Premier League.
“When you are playing great and doing admirably in the team you expect to play more,” he included.
“Unfortunately it went poorly arranged so we didn’t get the chance to get any trophy this season but still we really fight like a team.
“It is not the season we truly wanted but rather it wasn’t an awful season for our team. What we will do is backpedal and plan for next season and ensure we get a trophy next season.