Bosnia-Herzegovina captain will stay until 2018
Edin Dzeko has become the latest City player to sign a new long-term contract to stay at the Etihad.
The Bosnia-Herzegovina captain, whose backheel set up David Silva’s opening goal for City at St James’ Park on Sunday, has committed himself to a new four year deal which could extend his stay in Manchester to seven and a half years.
Dzeko said: “I’m really happy here at City, it’s a second home to me, so it was an easy decision to stay for the long term.
“The fans have always shown so much faith in my ability and I feel so much love, both from supporters inside Manchester and from those all over the world.”
Dzeko, 28, arrived at the Etihad in January 2011 and has scored a total of 66 goals in 155 aoppearances and scored the equaliser in the last minute of normal time during City’s dramatic title-winning match against QPR on May 13 2012.
His priceless equaliser provided the platform for Sergio Aguero to snatch a famous first Premier League title.
He wasn’t always treated as a first choice player under previous manager Roberto Mancini but one of the first decisions made by City’s current manager Manuel Pellegrini upon his arrival at the Etihad last summer was to scrap a rumoured move for Edinson Cavani in favour of retaining the experience of the Bosnian target man.
He rewarded the faith his new manager showed in him by scoring 26 goals in all competitions last season including five league goals in the last four games of the season as City charged to their second Premier League title in three years.