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Edin Dzeko is fully committed to Manchester City and their title bid

Edin Dzeko: Working hard to force his way into starting XI

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Edin Dzeko has shrugged off speculation regarding his future, saying winning another title at Manchester City is his 'obsession'.

The Bosnia international has struggled to hold down a regular starting role throughout his time at the Etihad Stadium, despite costing City some £27million.

A five-goal haul this season has offered Roberto Mancini a timely reminder of his talents, but the Blues boss is blessed with a wealth of attacking options from which to select.

Dzeko appreciates as much and claims there is no substance to reports linking him with a move elsewhere, with his focus locked on adding to his medal collection with the reigning Premier League champions.

He told The Sun: "There are rumours about my future in England, Italy or Spain but I'm saying nothing.

"I am all about Manchester City and the deal I have here. It's my obsession to win the title again with City.

"Roberto Mancini is the boss and I accept his orders. He's always talking to us and is satisfied with my work.

"To play in a team like City's is easy because of the quality of my companions. Every forward thinks he should be in the team but it's up to each of us to give him problems over who he selects."


Dzeko added: "I treat every training session as though it's a proper match to show Mancini how much I want to play.

"Obviously it's frustrating to be on the bench but that's how it is in English football. The season is long and I will get chances, so I need to be ready.

"Nobody promised me a place in a title-winning side. I was very happy with my goals at West Brom and look forward to many more.

"This season has been good and bad. I've scored some important goals but it is complicated with so many big names to choose from.

"I have good relations with all the squad but with the forwards it is special. Myself, (Carlos) Tevez, Kun Aguero or Mario (Balotelli) - we need the best combination but it's not possible without good sporting feelings for each other.

"Still, I hope to face West Ham. They've improved a lot but we need to beat them and then Ajax in the Champions League next week."