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Hull striker Will Keane hopes to emulate brother Michael

Hull striker Will Keane is looking to emulate his twin brother Michael by establishing himself in the Premier League after moving on from boyhood club Manchester U nited.

Will and Michael Keane came through the ranks at Old Trafford before the latter moved to Burnley on a permanent deal in January 2015, which has turned into a successful two-year spell at the club.

His commanding performances, which helped Burnley return to the top-flight at the first time of asking, brought interest from defending Premier League champions Leicester in the summer before he was called-up for the England senior squad for the first time in October.

With just three Premier League starts to his name, Will Keane is not envious of his brother but rather using his career path as the foundation of where he wants to be after moving to Hull on deadline day in the summer transfer window.

He said: "I have the example of my brother who moved on to Burnley and I think his career has only got better since then. So I'm looking to do the same here.

"We speak all the time, it's there to see as well, I think he has only missed two games in the last couple of seasons so he's had a great run and he's built that experience now and he's a very solid player.

"I think he's improved himself a lot and he's only done that getting the game-time and been put in that situation where he has to deal with it and no I've got to get a good run under my belt and I'll get better. I feel that I am ready for the stage."

The 23-year-old striker revealed it was his decision to leave his Manchester United and not Jose Mourinho's choice as he looked to re-ignite his career.

Will Keane said: "Ultimately it was my choice but he felt that if I needed the game-time I had to go elsewhere for that.

"He said I could stay around the squad and never know what was going to happen but at that point I said if the right option comes about I would like to move on and kick-start my career again and he was happy for me to do that."

Keane, an avid Red Devils fan, also spoke about his injury-ravaged time at United.

He added: "I had a big setback in a crucial time in my development at United and you never really know what way it would have gone if I wasn't injured but that happens in football, you have setbacks and you have to deal with that.

"I was 23 when I left and was at that stage where I knew I wasn't going to get the opportunities I needed and last season under (Louis) van Gaal, I got another knock back and you wonder if it would happen for me there.

"But I'm in a situation now where I am playing in the Premier League so I have to be happy with that and there is still a lot of potential in myself and I want to make sure I keep pushing forward."


From Belfast Telegraph