Under-17 star Kelechi Iheanacho has been given leave from the Super Eagles B camp to travel to England for contract talks with Premier League team Manchester City.
Iheanacho has been training with the Nigeria squad preparing for next month's African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa.
Coach Stephen Keshi released the lad after speaking to his father James Iheanacho on the telephone on Monday afternoon.
“Initially a young man came declaring that he was the agent of Iheanacho, but I declined to deal with him until I hear from the family because the boy is still a minor,” Keshi was quoted as saying.
“It was soon after my rejection that I got a call from his father who told me that they have gotten travel visa to the United Kingdom and that I should oblige him with his son’s release. I did and told the young man to go and do the nation proud at whichever club he finally chooses to settle down with.”
The coach acknowledged that Iheanacho is a talented player who should be handled gently and professionally as he navigates his professional career.
Iheanacho was named best player at the Fifa U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and has since become a top talent chased by many big European club sides.