Dzeko targets CL with City

Published Jan. 7, 2011 10:46 a.m. EST

Edin Dzeko has vowed to lead Manchester City into the Champions League once he completes his move to Eastlands.

The 24-year-old fired unfancied Wolfsburg to the Bundesliga title in 2009 before scoring four goals in six Champions League group games for the German outfit, including two against City's title rivals Manchester United.

And the Bosnia international has set his sights on returning to Europe's top club competition with his new club.

"After reaching the Champions League with Wolfsburg a couple of seasons ago, I don't want to go back to a lower standard," he said.


"I want to keep testing myself against the best, and I hope I can help make that happen with City."

Dzeko nearly joined AC Milan in July 2009 but signed a new contract with Wolfsburg which had an escape clause which only City currently have the financial resources to meet.

Given his potential to keep improving, some believe the Blues may even make a profit on Dzeko by selling him on to one of Europe's top clubs, such as Barcelona, Real Madrid or Milan.

And Dzeko has revealed he was a big fan of the Italian giants while growing up in war-torn Sarajevo.

"I want to keep improving, and playing at the highest level possible, but as a small boy, all I could think of was playing for Milan," he added.

"They were my team, the great side under Fabio Capello when I was growing up in the 90s, and they have always been special to me.

"I still have a home in Sarajevo, and there is a room where the walls are covered with football jerseys. One is the red and black stripes of Milan, with Shevchenko's name and number on the back. It has pride of place."