|Org||Nigeria National Team|
|Club as Player||Leicester|
2017 01 21 Retrieve
[Kelechi Iheanacho about scoring in the Manchester Derby] Four years ago, I could not afford to watch this match on the television. Now people in the game centre back home were watching me score this goal. Maybe the kids who could not afford the 50 naira were waiting outside, kicking a ball or a balloon around. Maybe somebody came outside after the match was over and told them ‘Manchester City won. Kelechi scored’
2019 12 01 Retrieve
[Kelechi Iheanacho, Leicester City’s hero in a vital 2-1 win over Everton has given himself a new nickname] I’ve been waiting for this opportunity. I knew one day it’s going to come. I’m happy today to get the goal and assisting Jamie. You can call me Mr.VAR! I knew it was a goal. I was onside. Happy that VAR gave me it
We’ve had decisions go against us at the other end and we deserve it. We were having a few chances but they were coming from a bit further out. Kelechi caused a few more problems for the defenders, he got us into space and he got the winner which he deserves. He thoroughly deserves this
[Vardy says the team is not discussing a repeat of their triumph of three seasons ago, but are enjoying their great form] We’ve not been speaking about that, we’re taking each game as it comes. The first thing is to get each game out the way and get the three points. We have to enjoy this and go again on Wednesday night. We have lots of attacking threat and we’re putting it all together. We’ll just carry on doing what we’re doing
2020 07 10 Retrieve
[Kelechi Iheanacho on battle for Champions League qualification] The race is on. Anyone can get into the top four, anyone can get into the top six. Bruno [Fernandes] is a top player. They’ve got Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba back in the team now. They’re flying. But that’s not what we need to worry about. We just need to focus on our games
[A spate of injuries to key players James Maddison, Ben Chilwell and Ricardo haven’t helped the cause] Madders [Maddison], Chilly [Chilwell] and Ricardo are fantastic players. They have a big impact in the team. I love playing with them. But everyone can fill the gaps as well. Everyone knows what to do when you’re taking someone’s place.
[A fifth-place finish might be enough for Champions League qualification - if Manchester City’s ban from the competition is upheld and their appeal is unsuccessful] I don’t know what’s going on with that but we’re just focusing on our games. We’ve worked really hard to get to this stage, so it would really be a dream.
My Premier League debut was against Watford in 2015. I got a few minutes or so. It was truly heart-warming. So nice, being young and then scoring goals. There are young players doing well now and I’m happy for them, like Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood. You never know how it really feels until you start getting older and understand more. Game time was hard to come by at City and the lure of regular starts led to his £25m move to Leicester in 2017. Everybody wants to play. No one wants to sit on the bench.
[Regular football has come in fits and starts at Leicester] First and foremost: that’s a moment that will be in my head for a long time
[Iheanacho on his goal and assist against Everton in December] We’ve been training at home and the coaches have been giving us work to do. It’s gone well. I was just keeping fit and training every day. I like cooking as well and spicy African dishes have been on the menu.
[Iheanacho started on the right of a front three, in a 3-4-3 formation - a position he’s happy to occupy in the future] It’s not the first time I’ve started there. It’s not really right wing. It’s two strikers and one behind me and Jamie [Vardy]. Sometimes I drift off to the right, so I’m more inside. Playing with Jamie is an honour. He’s a top finisher, so whenever he plays and scores he inspires me, because I want to repeat that.
[So does he fancy emulating the likes of Mohamed Salah in that right-sided role?] Mo Salah is Mo Salah! If I find myself in that position, I’ll just crack on. We just need to play according to the plans. I’m happy here. Everyone at the club has been fantastic. I’m scoring goals, have a good family, good team-mates. We want to win every game. We just keep working. We’re getting ready to go there. They did well in the last game against Tottenham, so we just to be focused, do our job and get the points we need.