After being linked with a move away from the Etihad stadium for a long time, it appears that Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko will be set to stay at the club at least for one more season. New manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that the 27-year-old will be a key part of his plans in the coming season. It was former manager Roberto Mancini who brought him to the club a few years ago, but the £ 30 million signing has never been a regular first choice. Despite this, he has continued to score crucial goals for the club.
A change in management appears to have brought about a change in his fortune, as Pellegrini has said that Dzeko will be a key man for City in the coming season. This will be a huge morale boost for the player, who has to contend with the competition from new faces like Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo. The two players were recently brought in for a combined transfer fee in excess of £ 50 million. The Bosnian international, though, continued to demonstrate his importance in the team by scoring regularly in the pre-season as well.
City recently won the Barclays Asia trophy by beating Sunderland in the final.
“Not only in Hong Kong. I have a lot of trust in him. Everyone was talking before I arrived that we will bring in [Edinson] Cavani, [Robert] Lewandowski, all those players. But I always trusted in Edin Dzeko and he is now playing the way I want. I am sure he will continue improving,” said Pellegrini after the club won this pre-season tournament. Dzeko was once again the scorer in the final against Sunderland as well. City were linked with several strikers like Edinson Cavani and Robert Lewandowski before bringing in Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic.