New Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has spoken of his plans to let Bosnian striker Edin Džeko prove his worth.
Džeko’s role last season was primarily as an impact substitute. But with the sale of Carlos Tevez to Juventus, his opportunity for a regular starting berth could well be up for grabs for the 27 year old.
The Chilean manager said: “I spoke two weeks ago with Džeko when he was on holiday and he does not have any problems. He will stay here. For me, he’s a very important player. I’m sure that he will give this year the performances to show what he can do.”
Džeko, understood to have been frustrated at the role he was used as under former manager Roberto Mancini, could understandably draw hope from his new managers comments.
The 6ft 4in striker had been linked with a move away from The City of Manchester stadium. City rivals Chelsea and Serie A side Napoli have both been rumoured to have an interest in bringing the player to their respective clubs.
Džeko began his career with Sarajevo side Željezničar as a youth player. In 2003 he made the step up to the senior side and would go on to score 5 times in 40 appearances for the side, before a move to Czech side Teplice.
His time in Prague between 2005 and 2007 saw him score 16 times in 43 appearances. His stint at the club also included a loan early on in his tenure to another Czech side Usti nad Labem, netting 6 times in just 15 appearances.
A move to Germany and to Bundesliga side Vfl Wolfsburg came about in 2007 and his time there was particularly successful, giving a very decent return on 111 appearances with 66 goals. He was part of the title winning side of the 2008-09 season and the following season he was the leagues top scorer with 22 goals.
A move to Man City came about in 2011 and he was a part of City’s title winning side of two seasons ago. While Sergio Aguero is remembered for the dramatic winner against QPR in the dying minutes of the title clinching match, it was Džeko’s vital equaliser in the 92nd minute that proved the catalyst.
Despite his efforts to help secure the 2011-12 league title, the adroit forward was left frustrated last season by his lack of opportunities to start, and with that came the rumours of a possible exit. But with positive comments from Pellegrini coupled with the fact that the City boss went to the trouble of contacting the player, proves that he is held in high esteem by the ex-Malaga and Real Madrid manager.
This coming season could well show the talented forward repay the early confidence his new manager has shown in him.