Wolfsburg vow to keep Dzeko

In-demand striker & Misimovic to stay put

Dzeko: Staying put

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Wolfsburg insist key duo Edin Dzeko and Zvjezdan Misimovic will remain at the club next season.

Highly-rated striker Dzeko has been linked with a host of clubs, including Manchester City, Juventus and AC Milan following his goalscoring exploits with Wolfsburg.

Misimovic has been linked with several other Bundesliga clubs in recent weeks, but Wolfsburg managing director Dieter Hoeness is adamant the pair are going nowhere.

"We have decided to end the recurring speculation: both Edin Dzeko and Zvjezdan Misimovic will be staying at Wolfsburg, no matter what offers come in for them," said Hoeness.

Hoeness made the announcement after a meeting with coach Steve McClaren and club chairman Dr Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz.

Speculation

"We did not want this speculation to become endless as we move closer to the start of the season," added Hoeness.

"It made no sense to continue going around in circles. Now everybody can concentrate on the new season.

"Furthermore, both players have clear contracts which don't leave any room for misinterpretation.

"There was not a single offer for either of them anyway so this discussion was only virtual."

Both have recently expressed a desire to leave the club with Dzeko reiterating his dream of playing for Milan one day, despite signing a new contract with the Bundesliga club to end speculation linking him with a move to the Rossoneri 12 months ago.

And Misimovic had started to express his disillusionment with life at the 2009 Bundesliga champions.

However, Hoeness does not expect any negative repercussions from the club's firm stance.

"I am convinced that our decision will have no effect on the performance of Edin and 'Zwetschge'," noted Hoeness

"They are two excellent footballers and decent lads. Both are working very well in training."