Manchester City signed Kelechi Iheanacho in 2014 and he has since gone on to establish himself in the first team.
Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho could have signed for Arsenal in 2014 – but his former Taye Academy boss scuppered the deal.
The Nigerian striker had the option to move to the Emirates Stadium before choosing to sign for City.
However, ahead of City’s pre-season friendly with Arsenal in Gothenburg, Kennedy Ezenwere has claimed he put an end to negotiations due to a problem with the agent – and he felt Kelechi would get more first-team opportunities in Manchester.
“Arsenal were interested in Kelechi but I blocked the move, there was a problem with the agent brokering the deal,” Ezenwere told website AllNigeriaSoccer.
“I picked Manchester City ahead of Arsenal not because of money.
“I knew if he went to Man City he had a better chance of playing there than Arsenal and I have been proved right.
“Kelechi has now become very popular, it wouldn’t have been so if he joined Arsenal.”
After starting his City career in the Academy, Kelechi went on to establish himself in Manuel Pellegrini’s senior squad, scoring 14 goals in 35 appearances last term.
The Nigeria international has been included in the squad to face Arsenal in Pep Guardiola’s final pre-season friendly before the Premier League opener against Sunderland next weekend.
By Alexandra Porter, this article was first published by the Manchester Evening News