Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko has told Roberto Mancini that he expects to play more games next campaign, amid rumours that the forward may seek first team football away from the City of Manchester stadium.
In an interview with The Sun, the Bosnian striker expressed his disbelief over being continuously left on the bench during Manchester City’s title winning season, despite his impressive scoring record 0f 14 goals in his limited 16 appearances in the Premier League.
"In the second half of last season, I suddenly got to start far fewer games — and I’ve got no idea why," Dzeko told The Sun.
“I lost my rhythm. I joined City in order to play in matches.
“I never imagined that things would turn out the way they have.
“I am too good for the bench. If I continue to sit matches out, then anything is possible.”
The former Wolfsburg hitman joined the Manchester club in January 2011 in a £27 million move, but has seldom had the opportunities to be Manchester City’s leading man in their potent attacking contingent. Among Sergio Aguero, temperamental Carlos Tevez and the mercurial Mario Balotelli, Dzeko’s has often been fourth choice, despite the unprofessional behaviour of Carlos Tevez and Balotelli’s volatile disposition.
Dezko’s threat to consider other clubs should his time on City’s substitute bench continue is likely to alert clubs across Europe. Despite his limited opportunities, the 26-year-old scored one of the club’s most important goals of the season, an injury time equaliser against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of last season which set up City's fairytale title win.