Nigerian international Kelechi Iheanacho wants Manchester City to beat Swansea on Sunday for manager Manuel Pellegrini and qualify for the UEFA Champions League football next season.
The 19-year-old who has started the last two league matches will hope for a place in the starting line-up against Swansea as the Manuel Pellegrini side look to pip neighbours Manchester United to the final Champions League spot on the log with both sides on 65 and 63 points respectively heading into the final game of the season on Sunday.
”Manchester City deserve Champions League football because they are a big club and should be in the competition,” Iheanacho said in an interview with Skysport.
The match will be the last under Chilean, Manuel Pellegrini as he will leave the post for Pep Guardiola and the young Nigerian wants the Citizens to seal fourth place as a gift for the former Real Madrid manager.
”He (Pellegrini) is a great manager,” he said. ”He brought me in and gave me the chance to play for the first team and I really appreciate that.
”He has done great things for the team, so I think we need to give him the best and qualify for the Champions League.”
Iheanacho represents hope for many aspiring young football in the world especially from his home town Imo State and he has some sound advice for youngsters looking to follow in his footsteps.
”They need to keep their heads down and work hard in every game and every training – keep listening and any chance they get, they need to focus and take it,” he said.
Manchester City needs a draw in the final Premier League game of the season against Swansea to seal fourth spot and qualification to the UEFA Champions League.