City complete Dzeko signing
Published 07/01/2011 | 22:12
Manchester City have completed the signing of Bosnia and Herzegovina striker Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg.
The 24-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year contract and has been handed the vacant number 10 shirt.
Although Dzeko completed his move too late to be considered for Sunday's FA Cup tie at Leicester, he is likely to make his debut against Wolves at Eastlands next Saturday.
"I was always attracted most to joining City. I have been linked with the club for a long time, going back to last summer, but Wolfsburg did not want to sell me until Friday," he told www.mcfc.co.uk.
"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."
Dzeko becomes Roberto Mancini's ninth signing since replacing Mark Hughes just over a year ago and his arrival is likely to trigger the departures of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz at some point during this month's transfer window.
After first declaring Chelsea would run away with the title, then stating this week that City were fifth favourites for the crown, Mancini gave away his real feelings to Dzeko when they met up earlier this week.
"City are playing for first place in the Premier League and that is what I want," confirmed Dzeko.
"I am excited to play alongside players such as Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure, whom I have only seen on the television, and to be in the same team as players I have played against such as Jerome Boateng and Vincent Kompany. They will help me achieve my goal to be better in the future."