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 By Ben Gladwell

Miralem Pjanic wants Edin Dzeko to leave Manchester City for Roma move

Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic has made a plea to his club to bring Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko to the Italian capital next season.

Pjanic, 21, is already looking forward to his fifth year with the Giallorossi and hopes to see the squad strengthened after finishing second behind Juventus for the second season running.

The midfielder believes his Bosnia-Herzegovina teammate Dzeko would be just the kind of player Roma need to strengthen their attack, and Pjanic hopes that his dream of playing alongside his compatriot at club level can be realised.

"I talk to him frequently," Pjanic told Roma TV. "We also talk a lot about our clubs and this year's been difficult for him. He's a great player with lots of quality and a player like him would do good to any team.

"He's already won a lot and I would love to have him close to me always."

Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko met in the Champions League last December.

Pjanic also sang the praises of Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti in an interview with the Serie A club's official television channel.

"They are two emblems of this squad," he said. "Daniele is a very important person in the dressing room -- he makes you feel love for Roma because he's a fan on the field.

"He gives you determination and anger. He's a great man and I'm happy to share these moments with him.

"Totti is the king of Rome, the boss of all of us. I get on well with him off the field while, on it, it's all so much easier with him. He's a great player and always knows what you want to do and sees things first. It's an honour to play with him.

"He may be a bit daft in the dressing room, but he's a fantastic, incredible player. I hope that he can carry on playing for a lot longer.

"He's had an extraordinary, magnificent career. He's written history for Roma and Italy."

Marilem Pjanic has praised Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi as key members of the Roma squad.

So too has coach Rudi Garcia, who has led the club into the Champions League in both of his two seasons at the helm.

Pjanic therefore cannot understand the criticism that has been levelled at the Frenchman recently, and he hopes to continue working under him next term.

"These years with him have been positive, but I already knew him in France when his side was playing the best football," Pjanic said. "He's a coach with a lot of experience and a very good staff who are working very well.

"We had a few difficulties this year, but with his determination to win all the time and never give up, we were still able to finish second.

"We certainly could have done better in certain occasions, but he's a winner and I hope he can bring some trophies to the club.

"The lads are happy with him and, personally, having him as a coach suits me down to the ground, considering the style he plays."


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