Edin Dzeko says he feels like he has been given a fresh lease of life under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
The Manchester City striker was often left to sit on the bench under Roberto Mancini despite retaining a good goal-scoring record - he scored 15 goals in the Premier League last season.
Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez were all preferred to the Bosnia and Herzegovina international, leaving his future at the Etihad in doubt.
However, with the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini, Dzeko has revealed that he is feeling more motivated than ever to perform for the Citizens.
The 27-year-old was in fine form in the club's pre-season friendly against AC Milan, scoring twice, leaving him with confidence to carry in to the new season.
After the game he told Sky Sports: "I feel different, better. I feel I have more confidence, the manager gives me more confidence. That is an important thing.
"I feel different, also because you know someone who is important has trusted you. It is good, for now it is looking good."
Pellegrini himself has backed Dzeko to achieve big things for City this season declaring the striker will be key to his tactics.
"We could've 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.
"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."