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May 12, 2014

Edin Dzeko rejects City exit talk

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Edin Dzeko shrugged off speculation about his future to downplay talk he will leave Manchester City this season.

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The Bosnian striker was linked with Chelsea, who are trying to sign a centre-forward, after Jose Mourinho said he ought to have been named Footballer of the Year.

But Dzeko, a 2011 signing from Wolfsburg, said he is accustomed to seeing stories suggesting he will leave the Etihad Stadium.

The forward had seemed unhappy 12 months ago at the end of Roberto Mancini's reign, but he has enjoyed a closer relationship with Manuel Pellegrini and scored 26 goals to help City win the Capital One Cup and the Premier League.

And Dzeko told City's official website: "For the last three years the people were talking and talking and I am still here."

The 28-year-old scored five goals in the last four games of the season as City won all to overhaul Liverpool at the top of the table.

And midfielder Yaya Toure, another of the four City players to reach 20 goals, said: "Next year we want to do better than this year.

"I am very proud and very happy. This was an amazing season. Everyone working for the club deserves this season. I think the team was unbelievable. All the team are doing really well."

Meanwhile, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany celebrated winning the Premier League title by setting his sights on winning more trophies.

The Belgian, who also skippered City to success in the 2011-12 title race, believes it has to be the springboard for more success and set his teammates a target of securing still more silverware.

Kompany, who also led City to the Capital One Cup this season, feels they now have to become serial winners.

He told the BBC: "Forget about the money and everything. As a kid, you grow up and dream of lifting trophies, I feel like I am living that dream when I do this.

"We are building a club. Not just a team that wins trophies every now and again. Next year we need to be even better. If you want to be a big club then this must be one of so many.

Right-back Pablo Zabaleta concurred, saying: "This is fantastic. Everyone -- players, staff, fans, every single person who works for this club -- is trying to make the club bigger. We know the way to do it is a strong mentality and I think the players deserve it.

"It is the manager's first season in the Premier League and he won it. We know how special the Premier League is. We need to be proud because we know the owners were spending big over the last few years to make it happen so it's time to enjoy, but we are hungry to bring more success to this club."

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