Kelechi Iheanacho among three Leicester City departures as club issue update on Wilfred Ndidi

Kelechi Iheanacho is leaving Leicester City after seven years at the club
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Kelechi Iheanacho has played his final game for Leicester City but Wilfred Ndidi could yet sign a new deal with the club.

City have released their retained list and it confirms that Iheanacho will leave the King Power Stadium with Marc Albrighton and Dennis Praet at the end of their contracts. The striker departs after seven years, during which he scored 61 goals in 232 games.

He will be best remembered for his heroics in the club’s run to FA Cup glory, and while he was capable of flashes of brilliance, he was also infuriatingly inconsistent, not helped by having to play second fiddle so often to Jamie Vardy.

This season, Iheanacho shared the lead striker duties with the number nine, but injuries and the Africa Cup of Nations saw him usurped by Patson Daka in the pecking order, with the Nigerian’s last league start coming in December.

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However, the future of his countryman Ndidi is not yet confirmed. The club say they are negotiating with the midfielder, who enjoyed a rejuvenation to his City career in the Championship, playing in a more advanced role.

The retained list confirms the exits of Albrighton and Praet, with both players having already said they would be leaving. For Albrighton, it ends a decade at the King Power Stadium during which he was an integral part of their great escape from relegation, their Premier League title triumph, their run to the Champions League quarter-finals, and the 2021 FA Cup win.

The club said in a statement: “Marc’s talent, hard work and commitment during the decade since arriving at King Power Stadium on a free transfer won him the adoration of the Blue Army, and he will be remembered as having played a key role throughout the club’s greatest-ever era. The club extends its thanks to all three departing players for their contributions during their time with Leicester City and wishes them every success in the next stages of their respective careers.”

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