Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has revealed that he wants to stay at the club despite being relegated to the bench for the majority of this season, while Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli receive the bulk of the playing time for the defending Premier League champions, Sky Sports understands.
“Every time I see a paper, for what seems like a year or more there is a story saying that I am leaving City, or that I want to go,” the Bosnia international told The Sun.
“But I’ve never said that so the stories don’t come from me. I’ve always wanted to stay at City and fight for my place.”
Dzeko has netted three goals and one assists in six English Premier League appearances (two starts) in 2012-13.
Meanwhile, Argentina duo Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero have combined for five goals and two assists in 11 league appearances, while Mario Balotelli remains goalless despite being selected six times by manager Roberto Mancini.
The 26-year-old Bosnian striker has been linked with a bevy of Europe’s top football clubs over the last few months, with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Italian champions Juventus among the interested parties.
Now then, will Dzeko reestablish himself in Roberto Mancini’s first-team or is the striker destined to exit the Etihad Stadium in favor of pastures new in the coming months?
Del Piero chose Sydney FC over Liverpool
In a shocking revelation, Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero has revealed that he rejected the chance to join Liverpool due in part to the Heysel tragedy of 1985, according to Sky Sports.
Thirty-nine Juventus fans died at the Heysel Stadium on 29 May 1985, while an additional 600 were injured, resulting in a six-year European Cup ban for Liverpool.
“Why I said no to Liverpool? Negotiations with Sydney were already advanced and then I thought about what had happened at Heysel,” Del Piero told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Juve and Liverpool were able to rebuild the relationship, but for many people that tragedy is an indelible memory. I thank all the clubs which wanted me, but I’m convinced of my choice.”
The former Bianconeri ace, who spent 19 seasons at Juventus, made his highly anticipated debut for Sydney FC against Wellington Phoenix on 6 October.
Vidic’s agent rules out Juve move
In other news, Nemanja Vidic’s agent Silvano Martina has rubbished reports suggesting that the Manchester United defender will join Serie A champions Juventus when the transfer window reopens in January, Sky Sports reports.
Martina also laughed off rumors linking the Serbian with a move to Spanish giants FC Barcelona.
Vidic has missed United’s last few games following a knee operation, and is expected to return to action in November.