Nigerian striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, is involved in a legal row with his former representatives after allegations against him suggest he misled a Pennsylvania court.
In an exclusive report by The Sun, Iheanacho’s former representatives, American-based First Eleven Management, alleged that the 20-year-old pleadings denying he ever knew or met their registered Fifa-licensed agent, Henry Galeano, were false.
Iheanacho filed pleadings claiming that he thought Galeano was a nickname of First Eleven’s co-owner Robert Zanicky.
According to pictures obtained and released by SunSport, Iheanacho was seen with Galeano and Zanicky on several occasions, including when he signed a new Manchester City contract in October 2014.
Henry Galeano have submitted to the court a signed and sworn affidavit claiming: “For the avoidance of doubt, Iheanacho and I have spent hundreds of hours together.”
“Robert Zanicky never used my name as an alias.”
Iheanacho could be charged with unsworn falsification under Pennsylvania law, if it can be proven that he knowingly mislead the court, and faces up to two years in prison if found guilty.
107 – Kelechi Iheanacho has the best mins per goal ratio (107 mins) of any player to have scored 10+ goals in the Premier League. Impact. pic.twitter.com/8B3lDXi9tc
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 22, 2017
Galeano claims he is Iheanacho’s official Fifa-licensed agent after he signed a representative agreement with the striker in July 2013.
Iheanacho have been reportedly linked to Leicester City all summer, with the Foxes’ manager, Craig Shakespeare, repeatedly expressing his hopes of signing the Nigerian.
The 20-year-old striker was left out of City’s Pre-season tour, joining midfielders Fernando and Fabian Delph, alongside Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony.