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Kelechi Iheanacho's rise motivated by Manchester United young star Marcus Rashford

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The city of Manchester has two of the best young strikers in the Premier League. And the two help each other.

Manchester City academy graduate Kelechi Iheanacho has risen into a key player of the Citizen squad this season, and his performances show the Nigerian has an incredible future ahead of him. In the red side of Manchester, Marcus Rashford started to shine for United, and also promises to be one fantastic player.

And Iheanacho is motivated to become a better footballer because of Rashford's rise, and hopes the two can compete and improve at the same time. Iheanacho also spoke about his season at City, and his expectations for the future.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"So much has happened in the last few years it is difficult to take in. If you start thinking about being here one moment and there the next, your brain would get overload and your head would be spinning so it’s best not to think about it too much.

"Whatever happens now it has been a great season for me."

Source: Daily Mail via Manchester Evening News