Iheanacho saddened over Pellegrini’s exit

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Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho has said he is “not happy” with the exit of manager Manuel Pellegrini. The 1-1 draw against Swansea City on Sunday was Pellegrini’s final game and Iheanacho’s goal made sure of a top-four finish for City.

Pep Guardiola will take over affairs at the Etihad on July 1 and would likely make a host of changes to the side. Iheanacho will be one of those expected to remain in Guardiola’s plans having shown his potential with 14 goals in his maiden campaign. The 19-year old striker however admits that Pellegrini was a special manager to him.

“I am not quite happy that he is going, but this is the football world and anything can happen,” he told reporters. “I just wish him good luck wherever he goes, and will be praying for him and hope to see the future.

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“He is a special manager for me and has done great things in my life – he brought me into the first team, introducing me to work with the squad right from pre-season last year.

“I am happy for him, for everything he achieved with this team, and happy that he made me a part of it. I won’t forget him, no matter where he goes.

“He is popular with the players – he makes people happy when they work with him because he likes to play football.”

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