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

bit more.

“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

back together.

“Once I met the people behind the scenes, I accepted within one

or two days.”