Taye Academy chief Kennedy Ezenwere has revealed that he blocked Kelechi Iheanacho's transfer to Arsenal.
The youngster was a target for the Gunners two years ago but Ezenwere thought he would have enjoyed more regular first-team football with the Citizens.
The 19-year-old scored against the Gunners in last week's pre-season friendly and is expected to be a key player in Pep Guardiola's squad.
"Arsenal were interested in Kelechi but I blocked the move, there was a problem with the agent brokering the deal," he told All Nigeria Soccer.
"I picked Manchester City ahead of Arsenal not because of money.
"I know if he goes to Man City he has a better chance of playing there than Arsenal and I have been proved right.
"Kelechi has now become very popular, it wouldn't have been so if he joined Arsenal."