Dzeko left out due to possible Manchester City exit, confirms Pellegrini

The former Wolfsburg striker looks set to leave this summer and played no part against suitors Roma on Tuesday, while midfielder Yaya Toure expects to see out his contract

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says that striker Edin Dzeko was left out of their pre-season encounter with Roma due to uncertainty over his future at the club.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international has been linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium for many months and his exit is expected to be completed soon as the Giallorossi look to tie up a deal.

Dzeko played no part as the two sides met in the International Champions Cup on Tuesday, with Pellegrini confirming that it was a direct result of the transfer negotiations.

“Edin didn’t play the last game as it’s not clear if he will continue here but he is still working here with the whole squad,” the City boss told reporters.

Ahead of an encounter with Real Madrid on Friday, Pellegrini also announced that Fabian Delph would likely make his debut following his move from Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, fellow midfielder Yaya Toure was also in attendance and, when quizzed about his future, the Ivorian declared his intention to stay.

“There was too much speculation about me leaving,” said Toure. “It’s clear that I have my contract at City and I want to see out my contract.”

Meanwhile, Pellegrini, a former Real Madrid coach, is looking forward to facing his former employers in front of a huge crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

“We are in pre-season and it’s a friendly but the fans deserve a good game – I’m sure Real Madrid and us will play a good game,” he enthused. “Playing in front of 90,000 is big for the players – although the result is not important, both teams will try to win.

“It’s always special to play against Real Madrid, especially because of the way the fans supported me when I left there.”

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