English Premier League club Manchester City has insisted that striker Kelechi Iheanacho will not be released to join Nigeria for the football event of the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Iheanacho was named among 35 players in Nigeria’s provisional list released on Friday but the club has insisted the player will not be in Brazil.
Manchester City have already informed the Nigerian Football Federation that their teenage striker will not be allowed to compete in Rio – and have even had a letter acknowledging their decision, Manchester Evening News report.
It is understood City have no intention of going back on their initial decision, which was exclusively revealed by MEN Sport this week.
They are under no obligation to make Iheanacho available and have already spoken to him about the issue.
City want the striker to be available for incoming manager Pep Guardiola’s first pre-season at the club.
Iheanacho enjoyed an outstanding debut season at City, scoring 14 goals for the side.