Wednesday May 11, 2016. 10:06
Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho has said comparisons with Manchester United young striker Marcus Rashford has challenged him to work harder.
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Iheanacho has had a remarkable season for City, scoring 13 times in 34 games, mostly coming off the bench, while Rashford has netted seven times in 16 games and the Nigeria star said he welcomes the comparison.
“I love a challenge so when people compare me and Rashford, it gives me more confidence and motivation. It also makes me work even harder,” the Nigeria youngster told The Daily Mail.
“I hope people keep comparing us because if we can keep challenging each other in the coming years it could be great for Manchester. If we both keep doing well, improving and scoring lots of goals for the team it could be interesting.”
Iheanacho also had some kind words for the 18-year old Rashford, despite both of them playing on opposite sides in Manchester, saying he is learning from the Englishman.
“Rashford is a great young talent. He is big and strong and makes good decisions so I think he's going to be a really good player for United in the coming years,” he said.
“You can learn from every player so I've learned from Rashford as well this season and I wish him all the best in his career.
“Like all young players coming through for their clubs in this country, I hope they do well and continue to do well. Nobody knows what will happen in the future though.
“I don't know anyone who is playing who doesn't want to keep improving and be at the top level. I don't know if I'll end up being a top player or not.
“But I'll be working hard to achieve that and I wouldn't complain if it happened. I just have to keep going and see where it takes me.”