McClaren ready for Dzeko battle
New Wolfsburg coach Steve McClaren has vowed to fight “tooth and
nail” to keep Bosnia-Herzegovina striker Edin Dzeko at the
The 24-year-old frontman has been linked with a move away from
the Bundesliga outfit for some time, with AC Milan and Real Madrid
reportedly among the interested parties.
McClaren, who has taken up the Wolves post after guiding FC
Twente to the Dutch title last term, accepts Dzeko’s future is out
of Wolfsburg’s hands at the moment but the Englishman is keen to
see the player stay put.
“At the present moment we’re not in control of it,” McClaren
told Sky Sports News.
“He’s got a clause in his contract where he can go for a set fee
before Monday. After Monday, if nothing happens, we take a little
bit more control over the situation and we can dictate it a little
“He’s a world-class striker and we don’t want to lose him.
“We’re fighting tooth and nail to keep him.
“If we want to be successful we have to keep our best player, as
every team does.”
McClaren admitted it had been a wrench to leave Holland after
two successful seasons in Enschede.
“It was very difficult after a great two years I had there,
finishing second in the first year and then unbelievably winning
the championship was a great experience.
“It’s a great club with great people, but I felt the time was
“I said to my family that I’d go away for two years and the two
years was up. This job gives me the opportunity to get the family
“Once I met the people behind the scenes, I accepted within one
or two days.”