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Dzeko in talks with City over new deal

ESPN staff
July 29, 2014
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Edin Dzeko is in talks with Manchester City about a new contract and says he is happy to stay with the Premier League champions.

The striker, who joined from Wolfsburg in January 2011, is out of contract next summer but is likely to put pen to paper on an extended deal.

Edin Dzeko has put his happiness at Manchester City down to manager Manuel Pellegrini © Getty Images

"I can only say that I'm very happy at City and at the moment we are talking about a contract," he said at a news conference in New York where City face Liverpool on Wednesday.

"We will see what happens but the main thing is I'm happy at City."

Dzeko enjoyed the best season of his City career last year as he scored 26 goals, including four in the final three games, as they won a second league title in his stay in England.

He had been expected to struggle to see game time following City's acquisition of strikers Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic last summer, but Dzeko ended the campaign as a vital part of Manuel Pellegrini's side.

The 28-year-old had seemed set to leave the club in 2013 when he cut a disgruntled figure but attributed his new-found happiness to the appointment of Pellegrini.

He added: "I spoke about that at the beginning of last season. It is very important that you feel the confidence that a manager has in you and last season was proof of everything I said."

Dzeko, who cost City £27 million, has scored 66 goals in 154 games for the club.

His close friend Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri have already signed contract extensions this summer.

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