Pjanic: Dzeko wants Serie A move

April 3rd, 2015

The midfielder is hopeful his compatriot will find his way to the Italian capital and has stressed Lazio are practically non-existent in Rome

Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic has claimed that Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has set his sights on a move to Serie A and could join the Stadio Olimpico side at some stage in the future.

Dzeko, who has a contract with City until June 2018, has made just 10 Premier League starts this season and has been linked with a move away from the Premier League champions on more than one occasion.

Pjanic has revealed that he regularly speaks to his fellow Bosnian over his future and has suggested Dzeko could continue his career in the Italian top flight.

“We are friends and he has told me that he would love to play in Serie A,” Pjanic told La Repubblica.

“He is closely following Roma. It would be great if we could one day play together both for the national team and here at Roma.”

The Bosnia-Herzegovina star then went on to discuss the rivalry between Roma and Lazio, with the capital clubs battling it out for second place in Serie A, and he was quick to stress that the Giallorossi are the city’s most beloved side.

“When I joined Roma, [sporting director Walter] Sabatini already told me that the entire city supports us,” Pjanic added. “Eight out of 10 fans support Roma. Lazio are practically non-existent.

“We obviously want to finish ahead of them in the table and we will do just that. We are a great team and we must defend our second place at all costs.”

Roma currently hold a one-point lead over third-placed Lazio in the scrap for automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League group stage.

Relentless Premier League challenge hurts Manchester City in Europe, says Dzeko

March 16th, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Manuel Pellegrini’s men are up against it in the last 16 as they seek to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Barcelona, while the striker reiterates that he is happy to stay

By Jasmin Ligata

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko believes that the Premier League’s relentless toughness hinders its teams in the Champions League.

The reigning English title-holders were beaten 2-1 by Barcelona in the first leg of their last-16 tie, leaving their hopes slim of progression, while they are six points behind Chelsea on the home front despite having played a game more.

Dzeko feels that the Premier League’s wider distribution of quality makes it harder for the big hitters to rest players in the top flight, robbing them of freshness when it comes to the European stage.

“In all the other leagues, there is too big a gap between the top teams and the others – there are one, two, maybe three teams fighting for the title,” he observed to Goal. “In England there are six or seven teams that can become champions and, as well, teams from the bottom can beat the top teams.

“That is one of the reasons why English teams sometime fail in Europe. With the Premier League as the strongest league in the world, every match is hard. You cannot rest players, you always have to play full strength, while opponents in Europe can sometime rest some players in their domestic leagues.

“The first leg against Barcelona was very important,” the forward noted. “We tried not to lose at home but we were not good, especially in the first half. In the second half, we played better, scored, had a few chances to score more and who knows what would have happened if we didn’t receive the red card?

“Now we want to surprise Barcelona. It will be tight until the end; we want to play much better than in the first leg and we will see if it will be enough to progress.”

Dzeko, behind at least Sergio Aguero in the strikers’ pecking order at the Etihad Stadium and now facing competition from Wilfried Bony, has often been linked with an exit but the Bosnian is adamant that he is happy where he is, while vowing to keep pushing Chelsea in the title race.

“I’ve been at City for four years and all the time I listen rumours about my status, a transfer, a departure,” he continued, “but I am focused only on City. I enjoy being here. The manager and fans trust me. I would have scored more this season if it weren’t for injuries.

“We will pressure Chelsea until the end and hope we can catch them.”

I'm not leaving Man City – Dzeko

March 11th, 2015

The Bosnian striker has only recently signed a new contract and intends to see it out, while he has not given up hope of fighting back against Barcelona in the Champions League

Edin Dzeko has rejected suggestions that he could leave Manchester City this summer, despite enduring a frustrating campaign, and insists that he is committed to the club.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international has started just nine times in the Premier League this term, scoring four goals, and Wilfried Bony’s arrival has seen him shunted even further down the pecking order.

But the former Wolfsburg striker, who only recently signed a new four-year deal with the reigning champions last summer, is ignoring speculation that he could leave and is focused on the league campaign.

“I have just extended my contract with City and that should be a clear message to all the talk about me leaving Manchester,” Dzeko told the Anadolu Agency.

“I don’t want to comment on rumours. I am happy at City and focused on the club and their great fans.”

On his goalscoring record at City, he continued: “Maybe I could have scored more often but I can’t complain. I am happy because 50 goals in the Premier League is a great achievement. Our goal is to win titles and try and catch Chelsea.”

City are currently five points adrift of the Blues and are at risk of crashing out of the Champions League but Dzeko is eyeing an improved display against Barcelona at Camp Nou.

“The first leg was very important for us and we tried not to lose at home but we were not good, especially in the first half,” the 28-year-old continued. “Who knows how it might have been if we didn’t get a red card?

“Now we want to surprise Barcelona. We want to play better than we did at the Etihad Stadium and we will see if that is enough to progress.”

Silva the Premier League's best, says Dzeko

March 9th, 2015

The Spaniard turned in a sublime performance in the Premier League champions’ 5-0 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday, and was later hailed by his team-mate

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko believes in-form team-mate David Silva is the best player in the Premier League.

Silva and Dzeko were highly influential as City thumped Newcastle United 5-0 on Saturday to capitalise on leaders Chelsea’s surprise draw with Burnley earlier in the day.

It was Silva who laid on Dzeko’s first-half goal with a sublime lofted pass and the Spain international went on to score twice himself early in the second period, before being withdrawn ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League tie against Barcelona.

Invited to comment on the quality of Silva’s assist, Dzeko hailed his team-mate as the finest in the division.

He told Sky Sports: “The pass from David was first-class … and for me he is the best player in the Premier League.

“To have him here with us is an amazing thing, because with David you can always score goals.”

City, who have come from behind late in the season to claim each of their two Premier League titles to date, now trail Chelsea by five points with 12 rounds of matches remaining.

Saturday’s thrashing of Newcastle followed a 4-1 win at Stoke City and Dzeko is confident his side can keep hold of their crown come May.

“Definitely we can. Maybe people think five points is a lot but if we can continue to play like today and the last game against Stoke we can definitely catch them [Chelsea],” he added.

“It was good for us to come into the game knowing that if we can win we can reduce the points [gap].

“We played an amazing game. The fans enjoyed this game and I did too.”

Dzeko was preferred in attack to January signing Wilfried Bony, available for the first time following his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, and the Bosnian played down the additional competition he now faces for a place in Manuel Pellegrini’s starting XI.

“I think we are all playing for one team and I don’t see him [Bony] as competition for me,” said Dzeko.

“We all try to get results for Man City and he is very welcome. He will definitely bring much more to our team.”

I like Bony, I'm staying at City – Dzeko dismisses exit talk

March 9th, 2015

The striker has been afforded just seven Premier League starts this term, with the Ivorian’s arrival increasing the competition for places, but he is not thinking about leaving

Edin Dzeko insists his future lies at Manchester City despite the January arrival of Wilfried Bony.

The Premier League champions paid €36 million to sign the Ivorian striker from Swansea City, and Goal understands the future of the Bosnian, along with Stevan Jovetic, at the Etihad Stadium is in doubt.

Dzeko’s agent has previously spoken of a desire to move to Juventus or Atletico Madrid, but the striker is not interested in leaving the club.

“Every summer and winter I’m constantly linked with leaving City and I have been here for years now,” he told Patria. “I will not comment on speculation, because if I did I would have to spend all day doing it.

“I’ve said before and I will it say again, I am only focused on Manchester City and the national team. I am not interested in other speculation, it’s not worth bothering with.

“City is a team who wants to win as many trophies as possible so it is quite normal to have a big squad with new signings.

“I really like Bony because I know him from the Premier League, but we all have a place in the team. We will all get a chance to prove ourselves in the remaining games of the season.”

City are currently seven points behind Chelsea in the Premier League as they look to retain their title, but Dzeko is confident the squad are capable of ousting Jose Mourinho’s side from top spot.

“Our main goal is to retain the Premier League title. We were knocked out of the FA Cup, which was not in the plan, but we can overtake Chelsea because we are one of the best teams in England.”

City face Barcelona in the Champions League last 16, the side which knocked them out at the same stage last season, but Dzeko insists they are capable of inflicting revenge on the Catalans.

“I think we learned a lot from the two games against them last season. We were not outplayed – we conceded a goal in the final minutes in the first leg, and in the second we were a man down,” he said.

“Barcelona is a great team and are more experienced in the Champions League than us but I believe we have the strength to beat them.”

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