Iheanacho hails Big Brother Bony….

Kelechi Iheanacho has revealed how “big brother” Wilfried Bony has made him feel part of the Manchester City family. Kelechi gave another glimpse of his exciting potential in City’s 5-1 Capital One Cup win over Crystal Palace, scoring one and making two others, and says Bony is a big help to him. The Nigerian teenager made his first start alongside Bony against Palace and says his fellow African has taken him under his wing. “Wilfried is a very good striker who is strong and intelligent,” said the forward. “He talks to me all the time and advises me. “We sit together in the dressing room and he’s like a big brother to me. Yaya too, I’m happy being with them.”

Kelechi, 19, came off the bench to score the winner at Palace last month and has the natural confidence to believe he can make it at star-studded City. “I just have to keep working hard in training every day,” said the Nigerian Under-20 international. “I think I can go all the way so that’s what I’ll keep doing and hopefully I can do great things for City in the coming years. “I know I have the quality to prove myself when I’m given a chance. It’s difficult with players like Bony and Aguero ahead of you. I’m just starting out, but I think I can break in.” Family is key to Kelechi and he wants to succeed for his mum, Mercy, who died in 2013 after a brief illness aged just 43, his dad, James, and three siblings back home. “My father was a trader and my mum was a teacher, but she was laid to rest when I was 16, which was really hard for all of us,” he said. “I have two brothers and a sister back in Nigeria as well. Everything I do, I do for my mum and my family – that’s what drives me.” City spotted Kelechi at the 2013 Under-17 World Cup and he admits he wanted to join Porto because he felt he would have a better chance of breaking through. His dad told him City was the right move and his rise has been meteoric since officially joining them a year ago for £350,000 when he turned 18. Manuel Pellegrini promoted him to his senior squad in the summer and significantly he is destined to become City’s first home-produced star since Sheikh Mansour took over in 2008. “I was close to signing for Porto, where I really wanted to go,” he said. “But my father told me I should join City because I would have a much better future here. “I didn’t believe I’d have a future here. But my father did and he gave me the confidence I needed.”


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