Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Dzeko relishing City challenge

Edin Dzeko

New Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko is looking forward to joining the club's "project" after being presented to the media on Tuesday afternoon

The Bosnian, who signed from Wolfsburg for £27million last weekend, admitted it had been hard to leave Germany but he was lured by joining a side chasing the Barclays Premier League title.

He said: "I'm very pleased. I'm here at a big club like Manchester City with big ambition. I saw something else in Man City. It's a big club and I'm an ambitious player and I think we can have a lot of success together."

Dzeko added: "It's a project. I need to say it's a very good team with a very good coach. It was three-and-a-half beautiful years with Wolfsburg and we had a lot of success, winning the league for the first time in our history.

"I was very happy there but I wanted to change, try something new and better and that's why I'm here."

City manager Roberto Mancini hailed the 24-year-old as the "perfect" signing.

"I am very happy the club bought Dzeko," said the Italian. "I think he'll be a very important player for the future of this club.

"We wanted him in the summer because we knew he was the perfect player for us. He is different from the other players we have. Now we have a good mix. I hope he can score a lot of goals like in Germany.

"I think we spoke with him six months ago for the first time," he said. "We wanted to know if there was a chance to buy him but we do this now in January.

"It's important because now we are in a good position in the league. With one player like him we can improve in the Barclays Premier League and the Europa League. We have more chances in this moment."