Every time stronger

Edin Dzeko declared that he learned a lot since he joined Manchester City last winter. One fan described him as – every match he is more stronger.

He knew it’s time to go foward, time to leave Wolfsburg. Dzeko said that training is different and harder then in Germany – as he watched all that on fitness DVD, that he had to improve his acceleration. He knew all that, that defenders are stronger but was ready for new challenge.

The video clip shows that he made the right choice:

Dzeko Finding His Feet In Manchester

Manchester City are the new rich kids on the block, and much has been written about their cash splash over the past year as they look to improve their soccer betting odds. Their most recent addition is striker Edin Dzeko, who cost the Blues over $40 million in the January transfer window, and he has shown glimpses of the talent that made him a marked man for City.

Dzeko scored 85 goals in 111 games for Wolfsburg before City swooped in with an offer the Germans couldn’t refuse, as manager Roberto Mancini looked to bolster an attacking group that featured Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and David Silva up front. The Bosnian has started just once in the last four matches, and he was taken off after 59 minutes of a 1-1 home draw against Fulham. During his seven games so far for Manchester City, Dzeko has a goal, which was scored in a 5-0 rout of Notts County in the Carling Cup, and he has a couple of assists as well, but it’s going to take some time for him to show why the Blues opened up the checkbook for the 24-year-old.

Dzeko could be in line for more playing time if the Blues decide to part ways with Balotelli, a temperamental Italian who could be looking for a way out of the Eastlands. That would allow Dzeko to build a partnership with Carlos Tevez, who has had his own problems with Mancini but continues to be the first pick among the strikers. The Blues have an important stretch of games coming, beginning with a huge home match against Dynamo Kiev, who blasted City 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League tie, before heading to Chelsea on the weekend. Look for Dzeko to get the start in at least one of those matches.

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.

Source: goal.com

€50m tag

New manager Steve McClaren has been told that the Bundesliga champions are under no financial pressure to sell the Bosnian international.

According to Wolfsburg sources, it is increasingly likely that Dzeko, who was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 22 goals in a campaign that yielded 29 in all competitions, will remain at the club next season.

Potential suitors have been put off by the German club’s demands, which rocketed to £42m as soon as a £35m release clause in Dzeko’s contract expired at the end of May.

Wolfsburg, who are bankrolled by German car giants Volkswagen, do not have any financial imperative to sell their leading players. They showed further evidence of their transfer muscle on Friday by completing a £6m deal for Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic.

General manager Dieter Hoeness has told potential buyers that Wolfsburg are not interested in a player-exchange deal and want a cash payment for their prize asset, who is contracted to the club until 2013.

The 24-year-old goal-getter though made it clear over the last week he would be keen on taking the step up to one of Europe’s most prestigious clubs after three seasons at Wolfsburg.

“I feel I have to take a leap in quality and play for a big club,” said Dzeko, whose 26 goals in 32 games fired the club to the 2008-09 Bundesliga title.

“It is an important moment in my career and I also explained that to the leaders of Wolfsburg.”

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani and Juventus director general Beppe Moratta have all confirmed they are trying to sign Dzeko but will not pay over the odds. (Source)