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Dzeko the 'main striker' at City

ESPN staff
July 31, 2013
Edin Dzeko was mainly used as a substitute last season © Getty Images

Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Edin Dzeko will play a central part in his plans - saying he will build the Manchester City attack around the Bosnian.

Dzeko only began 16 league games last season and was frustrated that former manager Roberto Mancini tended to use him as a substitute.

But Pellegrini has been quick to reassure Dzeko, who had been expected to leave, that he has a future in his team.

And though the Chilean has signed two other forwards, in Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo, he said Dzeko tops the striking order.

"We could've signed other players but I consider [Dzeko] the main striker of the team and I'm sure his performance along the season will be really good," Pellegrini said at a press conference in Munich, where City are preparing for the Audi Cup.

"I very much trust him and I can say that every other player that have come are a support for a squad that needs to have more than one player in every position."

Dzeko was the player of the tournament in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, scoring City's winner in both the semi-final and the final.

City face AC Milan in the Audi Cup on Wednesday before taking on either Bayern Munich or Sao Paulo on Thursday.

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