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Iheanacho left in the dark over Rio Olympics participation

Kelechi Iheanacho said he has not been informed what the final decision is as regards his participation in the football event of the Rio 2016 Olympics for Nigeria.

Manchester City have told the Nigeria FA it will not release the striker for the Olympics but the player himself says he has not been formally informed about the final decision between the his club and his country.

Speaking at a fan event at City’s Academy Stadium, Iheanacho said: “If your country wants you to play for them you surely have to do so, but it’s not up for me to decide.

“I don’t know if they have decided – my team and my country, I don’t know if they have concluded or not.”

Iheanacho will meet Guardiola at training on Monday morning, and says he is happy to play anywhere for the new manager.

He said: “Everyone knows Pep and what he can do. I think he is a great manager and I think he will bring many things to this team.

“I can play number 9, 10, 7 and 11 as well so I can play in different positions. Anywhere I can fit in, I will play.

“I am happy with what I did last season and now I have to work really hard this season to get something for the team and work for the team as well.”

Iheanacho faces heavy competition to win a regular place in City’s line-up, with new 13.8m signing Nolito able to play in attack, as well as Bony and first-choice forward Sergio Aguero.

But the teenager believes that he can persuade Guardiola to give him a chance as City seek to improve on last season’s fourth-place finish.

He said: “Everyone wants to start games and work hard. I need to work extra hard and I will get a chance. It will be a big season for me, and for every player.”

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