Leicester City manager Claude Puel has declared that Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho is not for sale despite him finding it hard to get playing time at the club.

The former Manchester City forward has had nine appearances so far in the English Premier League since joining from the Etihad for £25m during the transfer window.

Puel admitted he has too many strikers at the club and he is likely to offload at least one before the end of January but that he is keen to keep Iheanacho, but will not be drawn on the future of Islam Slimani.

“I think it’s important to get a good balance in the squad. It’s a question of respect, and to keep them with a good attitude,” Puel said during his pre-match conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

“Iheanacho, no chance of leaving. He has good talent but must work harder to stay in the team.”