BY ERIC DUMO.
Nigerian international, Kelechi Iheanacho, has signed a new contract with Leicester that will keep him at the Premier League club until 2024.
The in-form striker has scored nine goals in his last nine appearances in all competitions.
His prolific goal contributions this year has helped Leicester to third place in the English Premier League and the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
The Leicester forward, who arrived at the club from Manchester City in 2017, scored five goals in three Premier League matches in March, earning him the top-flight Player of the Month prize.
This meant that Iheanacho, 24, beat fellow Premier League stars like Andreas Christensen, Harry Kane, and Riyad Mahrez to the prize after a stellar month.
Speaking concerning his new contract, the elated Iheanacho expressed his appreciation to the club for the deal.
He said, “I can’t express how I’m feeling. I’m excited, I’m happy, I’m overwhelmed! It’s a great moment and I’m happy that Leicester City gave me a new contract.
“It’s been a great time here. It’s not been easy, but there’s a lot of people here that are good people, great people to work with. They are nice people and they make me feel comfortable and welcome since I came in. It’s been really great being here. It’s like a family. I’m happy being here and hopefully I can stay here many more years.”
Iheanacho has scored 32 goals for Leicester in 117 games in all competition – 12 of those goals have come in the 2020/2021 ongoing season.
Brendan Rodgers, Leicester City’s coach, also lauded the young striker for his work ethic and ambitious approach to the game.
“I think you see a young player playing at the top of his game. I can only speak for the two years I’ve been here but his work, his ambition to become a better player was always there.
“He’s a wonderful character within the squad, constantly smiling, and whatever role he’s been asked to play he’s played it very well,” he said.