Sunday Aug 01, 2021. 12:00
Leicester City’s Nigerian attacker Kelechi Iheanacho says the club’s preseason campaign has been “amazing”, as they prepare for next weekend’s FA Community Shield and the imminent start of a new Premier League campaign.
The Foxes have taken on lower league English sides Burton Albion, Wycombe Wanderers and Queens Park Rankers in the past eight days, while Wednesday will give Iheanacho the chance to come up against fellow Super Eagle Samuel Chukwueze when Villarreal come to the King Power Stadium.
It will then be time for Leicester, who won their first-ever FA Cup title last season, to face Premier League champions Manchester City in the traditional English top-flight curtain-raiser, the Community Shield match at Wembley on Saturday 7 August.
“It’s been amazing,” the Nigeria striker told his club’s official website. “We’ve been working really hard. You know, obviously, it’s preseason, so we need to work hard and get minutes and prepare for this season. We’ve been working really hard and preparing ourselves, so it’s going quite well.
“It’s not been a bad week at all. It’s hard and tough, but I think the last week was harder! It’s been going pretty good and, of course, we need minutes and game time for everyone. Hopefully that’s where we’re heading and I think we’re going in the right direction.”
The Nigerian continued, “Obviously, it’s to get minutes, but I think the results… of course, we want to get results in these games. It didn’t turn out that way [at Wycombe], but hopefully in the remaining games, we’ll get results and we’ll be ready for the season.”
The 24-year-old concluded, “I’m getting fitter day by day and I think everybody is getting fitter. The coaches are doing a good job to get everybody at a very good level of fitness. We’re getting there and, before the season starts, everybody will be ready to crack on.”