SUPER Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho has now become the highest paid Nigeria footballer in the English Premier League after his club Manchester City offered him a new £85,000-a-week that makes him a bigger earner than Mikel Obi.
Iheanacho, 19, has just signed a new two-year contract extension at City that will keep him at the club until 2021. He joined Manchester City’s academy on 10 January 2014 but delays in obtaining a work permit meant Iheanacho was unable to play in England until February 2015.
Last season, Iheanacho broke into the Manchester City first team, playing regularly in the league, scoring eight league goals and 14 in total. For this, the club rewarded him with this new mouth-watering bumper deal, which the player said will change the lives of his family members.
Mikel, who moved to England 10 years ago, has been the biggest earner from Nigeria for many years and he is now on £70,000 a week at Stamford Bridge. His compatriot at The Blues, Victor Moses bagged a $50,000-a-week contract when he joined Chelsea from Wigan Athletic in 2012.
Watford striker Odion Ighalo is believed to have improved on his £25,000 pounds-a-week contract after he recently signed a contract extension. Defender Kenneth Omeruo is on £15,000 pounds a week even though he has yet to play an official match for Chelsea.
Iheanacho’s new handlers negotiated this bumper deal even though they are still locked in an ownership tussle with his previous representatives, who are based in the US. Iheanacho’s former agents had proposed a new contract of £50,000 pounds a week, representing an improvement on his old package under which he earned less than £18,000 pounds a week when he first joined Manchester City.