New club – Manchester City
Edin Dzeko has officially joined Manchester City after signing a four-and-a-half year deal from Wolfsburg.
The widely sought after 24-year-old striker, is likely to make his home debut against Wolves next Saturday after making the €32.5 (£27) million switch from the Bundesliga.
It was Goal.com UK who revealed the Wolfsburg striker was on the verge of completing his move on Thursday.
“It has been a long time that I have been linked with the club going back to last summer but Wolfsburg did not want to sell me until today,” he said on Friday to the official Manchester City website.
“There was too much speculation in the papers but my head is always clear. It is important that is the case because if you think too much about what might be it is a distraction and it can affect your game. I was always attracted most to joining City.
“They have been playing well this season. I have watched them a lot on television. Now the speculation is over and I just want to do my best.”
The Bosnian born striker had been linked with a move to Juventus, but revealed that he only had eyes for a move to Eastlands.
“Everybody speaks about City having lots of money but it is not about that,” he said. “It is about ambition and I have spoken to coach Mancini and he told me ‘this is the best club for you’,” he explained in his excellent English.
“City are playing for first place in the Premier League and that is what I want. I am excited to play alongside players such as Tevez and Toure who I have only seen on the television and to be in the same team as players I have played against such as Boateng and Kompany.
“They will help me achieve my goal to be better in the future. I want to show the fans why the club paid the money for me. Everyone expects goals and I want to score them but most of all I want to contribute to a successful team.
“I don’t want to talk about my skill – that is for other people to judge. However, I know my quality and when I am fit I am not afraid of a challenge.
“I don’t know a lot about Manchester because I have only been once but I am looking forward to seeing the city and meeting the fans and getting to know everyone at the club.”
Dzeko made an immediate impact for Wolfsburg after moving there in the summer of 2007, scoring five goals in 11 games, helping the club to fifth place aswell securing a Europa League spot for his side.
He became Wolfsburg’s highest scorer in history 66 games in 111 games, and netting 84 times in all competitions.
New team-mate Jerome Boateng was extremely happy upon finding out the news.
“Dzeko has everything,” he said. “He can shoot right left and can head the ball too. He is a very strong striker. He is a quality player. Against Hamburg he always played well and seemed to score, it was always a big challenge.
“He can hold the ball well and he knows how to move with his body. He has a good eye for the goal.”
City, who currently lie second in the Premier League table have now bought nine players under Mancini, and the most recent will be seen as a statement of intent to go on and win the title.