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Bojan inspired by Benzema

Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic claims he has looked to an unusual source for inspiration this season: rivals Real Madrid's striker Karim Benzema.

• The eternal question of Bojan

Benzema struggled to assert himself in the early stages of his Madrid career, having moved from Lyon for around £30 million in 2009, but an injury to regular frontman Gonzalo Higuain gave him his chance and he has bagged ten goals in his last eight games.

"The recent development of Karim Benzema at Real Madrid has motivated me. He appeared to be on his way out of Madrid in January, but has since proven that he's a great player and a prolific goalscorer," Bojan told Sport. ''That's given me the strength and belief that I can do the same. I've always scored lots of goals and will continue to do so."

The 20-year-old has been linked with a move to Liverpool as he is largely a peripheral figure at the Camp Nou, but reaffirmed his commitment to fight for his place.

"My goal is to focus on doing my best this season,'' he said. ''My situation changed for the better toward the end of last season and something similar could happen. I really want to stay put and will fight to succeed here. I'm already playing at the best club in the world."

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