Barclays English Premier League leaders, Manchester City are in no hurry to hand Nigerian starlet, Kelechi Iheanacho a new contract.
The Citizens are of the view that the 18-year-old has plenty of time on his current deal.
Iheanacho has forced his way into Pellegrini’s first-team squad and has made a stunning impact to his first team career; scoring the winner for Manuel Pellegrini’s side against Crystal Palace in the last minute of this month’s Premier League clash at Selhurst Park, just moments after going on from the bench.
The Manchester Evening News is reporting that the Citizens are urgently seeking to tie the young prospect down with an improved deal at the Etihad.
There are suggestions that Premier League rivals Tottenham are lurking with intent, keen to steal Iheanacho away with the offer of greater first-team opportunities.
That is a prospect that does not worry City chiefs. And there is no panic to reward the youngster with an improved contract.
His current deal does not expire until 2019 and the terms of it are believed to be in keeping with the 18-year-old’s status.
Iheanacho will be keen to give another example of what he can offer the Blues in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup clash against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
He will be hoping to earn a place in the starting line-up with Pellegrini set to make a number of changes form the team that lost to West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday.
He has become a trusted part of Pellegrini’s first-team squad this season after first catching the eye in Nigeria’s Under-17 World Cup-winning side in 2013 when he won the golden ball as the tournament’s best player.