'Important' Dzeko ready to sign new deal with Man City
Published 18/08/2014 | 02:30
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has agreed to sign a contract extension to keep him at the Etihad Stadium.
Dzeko set up his side's first goal in their opening day 2-0 victory at Newcastle yesterday with a fine moment of skill.
The £27m forward joined City in 2011 from Wolfsburg and has won the Premier League twice since moving to England. He has just 10 months left on his deal but manager Manuel Pellegrini said the Bosnian is likely to stay with the club.
Pellegrini was asked if he had signed a new deal and he said: "Yes - I don't think it's 100pc finished - but yes he will renew his contract. He's a very important player for us.
"It's not strange for me to see him play like that - he finished last season playing very well. He has grown. He's a team player. I'm very happy for him. That's why he is renewing his contract here - he has a very important duty in our team.
"Today he was one of our best players, not just because of the way he created the first goal and worked, but he won a lot of headers and duels and held the ball up well. It was a complete performance. He has started the season where he left off last season."
Pellegrini's side were clinical in beating Newcastle. Dzeko set up David Silva in the 38th minute with a clever backheel and in second-half injury-time, the substitute Sergio Aguero added a second.
The City manager believes his team are now stronger than the one which won the title on his debut season in England.
"Last season a lot of people doubted us because it was my first season in England," he added. "Now we are a year on, we all know each other a lot better. We have a strong squad but as always in the Premier League, there are five or six who are contenders.
"We only need to have the same attitude as we showed today and the same hunger for glory that we have started the season with to have a chance. I am sure this squad can fight for the title but we will see at the end of the season."
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew insisted his side would take many positives from the defeat. He blooded five new players and saw his side threaten City's one-goal advantage in the closing stages of the game before Aguero struck.
"A lot of things about our performance today bodes well for the other 37 games coming up," he said. "I thought in the first half Man City edged it and deserved to lead, the second half I thought we deserved an equaliser."