Iheanacho Breaks Silence On Rivalry With Gabriel Jesus And Bit Part Role At Man City

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Manchester City Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho has for the first time spoken out about his predicament at the club, where he has been reduced to a bit part player since the coming of Gabriel Jesus.

The Nigerian made a goal scoring return to the City squad with a goal in their FA Cup replay against Huddersfield, but was still not considered good enough to force his way into the team for their last weekend tie against Sunderland.

Yesterday he however got to play and almost scored a late winner but failed to connect a ball from Kevin De Bruyne. He is however keen on moving away from the loss and also urged his teammates to focus on their next game.

Speaking after yesterday’s game, he also told the club official website about his eagerness to see Gabriel Jesus back in action, even though it will mean limited playing time for him.

“Everyone in our team can deliver – those on the bench and those playing.

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“If you are called upon to come into a game to make something and help the team to win, you to put everything in 100 per cent to make sure the team win.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t do it today”, he told the club official website Mancity.com.

“We are happy to have everyone around. Kun is doing well, Gabriel is doing well. I hope for him [Jesus] to recover quickly so he can come in the team because we really need him.

“We work together as a team. We need everyone as a team for us to get something after this season.

“Sergio is brilliant and has been doing really well. We hope to see more of that soon.

“On my part, any time I am in I need to give 100 per cent because everyone is important in the team.

“I think I have really done well [so far in my career] but everyone needs to improve. I need to keep working and keep improving. I have so many things to improve on. I need to keep learning.”

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* Osas Mahawi