Chilean sees a future at the club for lanky Bosnian, unlike his predecessor.
New Manchester City head coach Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that unsettled front man Edin Dzeko will not now be leaving the big-spending Premier League club this summer after all, reports the Sunday Telegraph.
It had been expected that the giant Bosnia and Herzegovina international would be departing the north west as soon as the transfer window reopened for business at the start of this month, after only been used as a bit-part player last season under previous City boss Roberto Mancini.
In total, the 27-year-old featured in 43 matches in all competitions for City last time out, finding the back of the net on 15 occasions, including 14 strikes in his 31 Premier League outings, however, the majority of those appearances did arrive via the substitutes’ bench.
And as a result, Dzeko was understood to be keen to move on this summer after just two and a half seasons in the north west, and 40 goals in total in his 106 appearances for City, until the Chilean’s recent intervention that is.
“I spoke two weeks ago with Dzeko when he was on holiday and he does not have any problems,” Pellegrini said.
“He will stay here. For me, he’s a very important player. I’m sure that he will give this year the performances to show what he can do.”
Consequently, Dzeko looks likely to now fill the void in City’s attack next season created by the recent departure of Argentina international forward Carlos Tevez to Juventus.