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Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini has praised Kelechi Iheanacho’s heroic feat after the Super Eagles striker scored a hat-trick against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Raheem Sterling scored the fourth goal as City zoomed into the last 16 with a 4-0 win inthe English FA Cup.
Pellegrini said: “I see him working every day so I know what he can do. Maybe I received some criticism why we didn’t replace Jovetic and Dzeko and I answered we had Kelechi.
“I am not thinking about money, I am thinking we have a young player who is very important for our club. We have good players who are ready to play and you must keep the options. I know we have a player who deserves space in the squad.
Speaking after the match, the former Flying Eagles player said: “I’m so glad to score a hat-trick, it’s a great day in my life but it’s not the greatest day of my life because I need to keep working hard. This is the starting point of my career so I need to keep going.”
“It’s important to get an early goal. The penalty was very good, I took my time – it was a very good penalty for me,” he added.
Iheanacho now has eight goals this season.
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