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‘I can follow Vinny’: Jack Rodwell eager to emulate Vincent Kompany’s rise at Manchester City

By Paddy von Behr

Summer signing Jack Rodwell wants to follow in the footsteps of Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and cement a place in the club’s folklore.

The 21-year-old arrived from Everton in August for £12million, but has failed to establish himself as a fan favourite after suffering an injury-hit season.

Having continued his recovery with a substitute performance against Leeds United on Sunday however, Rodwell wants to emulate Kompany’s rise to prominence at the Etihad Stadium.

“Vinny is a good player and I look to him, watch his game and would definitely take the same path as him,” he told the Guardian.

“He started out in midfield and is now one of the best centre-halves in the world.

“Any player at City is prepared to play anywhere, and I’m no different.

“Midfield, defence, I have even played out wide for Everton, so I will do a job anywhere and give 100%.”

Rodwell, who has earned two England caps, is primarily known as a defensive midfielder but occasionally featured at the back during his Goodison Park days.

Following a rigorous fitness regime to recover from a hamstring injury picked up in October, he played 30 minutes in City’s 4-0 FA Cup fifth round win on Sunday.

The midfielder now hopes to put his injury nightmares behind him and earn a run in the first team.

“I think if I can stay fit, the games will come,” Rodwell added.

“I have stuck to a six- or seven-week programme where I have not had a day off.

“I have hammered the work, done a lot of hamstring work and luckily, touch wood, it has worked. I intend to keep that up for the rest of my career.”

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