Man City defender looks up to Man Utd's Ferdinand

Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha wants to emulate the standard of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry.

Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha wants to emulate the standard of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry.

The 22-year-old claims he has learnt a lot watching Ferdinand, telling the Daily Star Sunday, "He always seems very calm in any situation and that’s what makes him such an important part of any team.

"He’s a very good defender, too, which makes him an extremely valuable player for both club and country.

"Having played against him, I know he’s very strong and commanding.

"But it’s not just that. He makes things look so easy.

"England’s two first-choice centre-backs, Rio and John Terry, are the benchmark for all players.

"They are not just good defenders – they can play football.

"We all know that if we want to get near them then we have to keep improving. We have to keep believing."