Leicester confirm Iheanacho’s fate, still undecided on Ndidi

Leicester City have confirmed the departure of Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho from the club.

On Friday, the club took to their official X handle and posted a video showcasing the goals scored by the Nigeria international during his time at the King Power Stadium, captioned “Thank you, Seniorman.”

The 27-year-old's contract with Leicester City runs out on June 30, and Iheanacho is believed to want to bring an end to his alliance with the club that began in 2017.

Before joining Leicester, Iheanacho had featured for Manchester City, where he made 46 appearances and scored 12 goals during his two-year spell.

With the Citizens. he won the Football League Cup in the 2015/16 season.

Kelechi Iheanacho's impact: A look at his performance since joining Leicester

Iheanacho joined Leicester City in August 2017 on a five-year deal reportedly valued at £25 million. He debuted in a match against Arsenal and scored his first goal in an EFL Cup tie against Leeds United.

He made history as the first player in English football to benefit from a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) decision, netting a goal against Fleetwood Town.

Initially not a regular starter, Iheanacho capitalised on injuries to key players, scoring 12 goals in 10 games during those opportunities.

He notched his first Premier League hat-trick against Sheffield United and played a pivotal role in FA Cup matches, helping Leicester advance to the semi-finals.

In March 2021, the Super Eagles forward was awarded the Premier League Player of the Month. He extended his contract with Leicester until 2024 and continued his impressive form, including scoring the decisive goal in an FA Cup semi-final victory over Southampton, which led Leicester to their first FA Cup final since 1969.

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In the 2021 FA Community Shield against Manchester City, he secured the win by scoring from a penalty.

Iheanacho's exceptional performances earned him Leicester's Player of the Year award, despite the club's relegation from the Premier League that season.

In the recently concluded Championship season, he played 26 games in all competitions for Leicester, scoring five goals and providing six assists as the Foxes secured promotion back to the English Premier League.

Iheanacho Linked with moves to Trabzonspor, Crystal Palace, Everton, and Aston Villa

In recent weeks, Kelechi Iheanacho has been the subject of intense transfer speculation, with several clubs expressing interest in acquiring his services.

Trabzonspor, Crystal Palace, Everton, and Aston Villa are among the teams keen on signing the Super Eagles forward.

Iheanacho's departure from Leicester will definitely spark a flurry of activity in the transfer market in the coming days.

Leicester yet to confirm Ndidi's departure

Wilfred Ndidi, just like his compatriot Iheanacho, has a contract with the Foxes that ends this month. While Iheanacho's situation has been clarified by the club, Ndidi's is not yet certain.

Marc Albrighton, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Dennis Praet are the three players the club has confirmed as leaving.

He has spent seven seasons with the former English champions after arriving from Belgian outfit Genk in 2017.

Ndidi was a key figure in the club’s midfield as they secured promotion back to the English top flight.

The 27-year-old scored six goals and provided six assists across all competitions for the Foxes, despite missing 14 games due to injuries.

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