Pellegrini Considering Iheanacho UCL Call Up

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Manuel Pellegrini is nursing the idea of including Kelechi Iheanacho in the UCL squad and rates the youngster highly.

Iheancho was left out of the group stage squad, but with City in the last 16, they can change their 25-man squad.

And Iheanacho who scored a hat trick in the FA cup fixture against Aston Villa, can come on as a replacement for De Bruyne or Nasri, who are out with injuries.

“It’s a decision we are going to take during this week before the set date that we can do it. But of course he pushed a lot,” Pellegrini said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

“We need him because Bony is also injured so that is just one [fit] striker [Sergio Aguero]. We’ll see – not because of the three goals, but because we need another striker.

“We’ll see, we’ll talk it over with the doctor. Samir and Kevin will be out until the end of March. I will see during the week.”

Pellegrini went on to liken Iheanacho’s emergence to that of Javier Mascherano, Santi Cazorla and Isco, who he coached at River Plate, Villarreal and Malaga respectively during their formative years.

“We have a young player who is very important for our club,” he added. “I’ve had the opportunity to do it with Santi Cazorla, with Isco, with Mascherano – so I know we have a player that deserves space in the squad and I think that Kelechi can do it.

“But it’s just one game. I’m not impressed because he scored three goals, I’m very happy because he improves in every way that he works with the squad.”



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