Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Edin Dzeko plays a central part in his plans by saying he will build the Manchester City attack around the Bosnian.
Dzeko only started 16 league games last season and was frustrated that former manager Roberto Mancini tended to use him as a substitute.
But Pellegrini has been quick to reassure Dzeko, who had been expected to leave, that he has a future in his team.
And though the Chilean has signed two other forwards this summer -Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo - he said Dzeko tops the striking order.
"We could have signed other players but I consider [Dzeko] the main striker of the team and I'm sure his performance along the season will be really good," Pellegrini said at a press conference in Munich, where City are preparing for the Audi Cup.
"I very much trust him and I can say that every other player that have come are a support for a squad that needs to have more than one player in every position."
Dzeko was the player of the tournament in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, scoring winners for City in both the semi-final and the final.
City face AC Milan in the Audi Cup on Wednesday before taking on either Bayern Munich or Sao Paulo on Thursday.