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Kelechi Iheanacho confident Man City will win trophies this season

Kelechi Iheanacho's heroics with Manchester City could result in a Nigeria senior team call-up.
Kelechi Iheanacho has scored three Premier League goals this season.

Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho has told ESPN FC he is certain the club will end the season with silverware.

Iheanacho, 19, enhanced his growing reputation with his fifth goal of the season in City's 3-0 victory at Norwich City on Saturday.

The FA Cup third-round victory keeps the Blues in the hunt for all four major trophies and Iheanacho is convinced his side will win of them.

"I think we're going to go far this season and we're going to get something," the Nigerian said.

"We're going to get trophies this season because we have the players to get it and the manager. We pray we don't have any injuries and if we don't get any we will win trophies."

Iheanacho impressed at Carrow Road with a composed all-round display that was capped by a side-foot finish for City's second.

He now averages a goal every 61 minutes despite starting only two games this season and there is a clamour among supporters for him to be given more game-time.

But Iheanacho is not eligible to play in Europe after being overlooked by manager Manuel Pellegrini for the Champions League squad in September.

However, Samir Nasri could drop out after surgery on a tendon injury, which is expected to keep the French midfielder out until the semifinal stage.

With just two strikers to choose from -- Sergio Aguero and Wilfried Bony, who have both suffered periods out with injury this season -- Pellegrini could now promote Iheanacho into that squad, and the forward insists he will be ready if called upon as City aim to shake off their tag as European under-achievers.

"We can compare [to the biggest sides in Europe] if we really put our mind in that and say to them 'we can do it in Europe,'" Iheanacho added.

"We can prove to the [critics] we can achieve something in Europe. They are just players like us.

"European football is the same as any other football. We just have to keep working hard, believe in ourselves and believe in our team-mates.

"If I'm in the squad I will help the team. But I'm sorry for Samir that he's injured. He's a great player, a great man and a friend and I'm sorry for him and I pray that he recovers soon."

Champions League success would still be an achievement for City while they are still five victories away from FA Cup glory.

The Capital One Cup is probably the Sky Blues' easiest chance of silverware but they must first overcome a 2-1 semifinal first leg deficit to Everton, while they sit three points behind leaders Arsenal in the Premier League.

City have already lost five Premier League games but in a topsy-turvy season, where any team is capable of beating any other, Iheanacho believes City have the quality and experience to secure the title.

"I think every year that comes, comes with different games, different kinds of players, different coaches and different philosophies, I know that," he said. "But I think City has all it takes.

"They have great players, a good team, a good manager, so the games that we've lost, it's past. We have to focus on the games ahead and we have to keep winning. But if we lose we have to put it behind us and keep working hard and at the end of the season we hope to get our hands on the trophy."

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him @jonnysmiffy.


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