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Birmingham striker Benitez: Call me what you want - even Chucho!

Birmingham City striker Christian Benitez admits he has no idea why people call him 'Chucho'.

The 23-year-old is more commonly known as Chucho and even plays with the nickname on the back of his number 11 shirt.

Upon arrival in England, it was said that the name - loosely translated as annoying little dog - was in reference to his terrier-like qualities on the pitch.

But when quizzed about it in his first major interview since coming to Birmingham, a coy Benitez refused to give much away.

"They've called me Chucho since I was a little boy," he said. "Everybody asks me why but it's a secret.

"When I arrived in Mexico they kept asking the same thing but I'm not going to say.

"There was a journalist in Mexico who spent two years asking me the same question and I eventually went without ever answering him."

Asked whether the translation was correct, he replied: "That's on the internet. You'll have to go to Ecuador and ask my mother."

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