Dzeko given City reassurances

Manuel Pellegrini hopes to bring “two or three” more new players

to Manchester City – but he wants Edin Dzeko to stay.

The new City boss will take charge of his team for the first

time on Sunday when they face Supersport United in Pretoria.

Speaking before the game, the Chilean confirmed that more

transfer activity was in the offing following the arrivals of

Fernandinho and Jesus Navas.

“We will sign maybe two or three more players,” said

Pellegrini.

City continue to be linked with a host of strikers. Sevilla’s

Alvaro Negredo and Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic are the main names

in the frame, while there has even been rumoured interest in Paris

Saint-Germain superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The transfer talk has led to speculation that Dzeko could be on

his way out of the Etihad, but Pellegrini insists that he wants the

Bosnian to stay.

“I spoke with Dzeko while he was on holiday,” Pellegrini added.”

He doesn’t have any problem. He’ll stay.

“For me, he’s a very important player and I’m sure that he will

give, this season, the performances we know he can.”

The 27-year-old was City’s top scorer in the Premier League last

season, weighing in with 14 goals in 32 appearances.