Pellegrini blocks Arsenal move for Dzeko
MANUEL PELLEGRINI has ended Arsenal's hopes of signing Edin Dzeko next month after ruling out the sale of the Manchester City forward.
Dzeko, a £27m signing from Wolfsburg in January 2011, has become a fringe player at the Etihad Stadium following Pellegrini's £16.4m summer signing of Alvaro Negredo from Seville.
With Negredo forming a 28-goal partnership with Sergio Aguero, Dzeko has been reduced to substitute appearances in recent weeks, with his last Premier League start coming against Aston Villa in September.
But despite interest from league leaders Arsenal and German club Borussia Dortmund, Pellegrini has insisted that Dzeko, who has scored seven goals in 14 appearances so far this season, will not be sold before the end of this campaign.
"No, that is not the case (that Dzeko could be sold)," Pellegrini said. "I put my trust in him before the season and I have just as much trust in him now. It is very important for this club to have a good squad because we have a lot of games to play from now until April and, if we want to win trophies, we need important players.
"Maybe at the moment he is not playing as much as he would like, but he remains an important part of the squad."
Pellegrini is expected to retain Aguero and Negredo as his strike partnership for City's trip tomorrow to West Bromwich Albion, where captain Vincent Kompany could return following almost two months out with groin and thigh injuries.