Kelechi Iheanacho has insisted he could still represent Nigeria at the Olympic Games next month, even though Manchester City are yet to grant him an approval.
The Manchester City striker was named in Nigeria’s provisional 35-man squad for Rio, meaning he would miss pre-season and the start of the new campaign.
City are adamant the 19-year-old striker, who proved a revelation last season with 14 goals, will not take part in the Olympics because Guardiola wants him to have a full pre-season.
Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola, who takes charge of his first training session at City today, rates Iheanacho and wants to keep a watchful eye on the dynamic young forward.
But asked if he could still travel to Rio next month, Iheanacho said: “Yeah, if they allow me to go, I will go, but they haven’t conclude yet so I don’t know.
“I don’t know about that, because it’s not left for me to decide if I am going to the Olympics or not.
“So I don’t know if they have concluded – my team and my country. I don’t know if they have concluded [what do do] or not.
“If your country wants to play for them you surely have to go so, but it’s not up for me to decide,” he said.