Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has denied suggestions that he ever wanted to leave the Etihad in the summer.
The Bosnian hit-man was expected to depart the Citizens after struggling to maintain a starting place under previous City boss Roberto Mancini.
However, with Manuel Pellegrini now at the helm, Dzeko has been given a key first-team role, starting four of City's opening six league games.
And, ahead of City's clash with European champions Bayern Munich tomorrow, Dzeko has told reporters: "I think there was a lot of speculation from journalists but I never heard from the club they wanted to sell and you never heard from me that I wanted to leave.
"I've said it before; the manager is very important and for every player it's important to know the manager believes in him. He gives confidence that can change everything."
Dzeko will be hoping his side can get a positive result when they face the German giants as City look to make it out the group stages for the first time.
The striker believes City now have an improved squad and expect his side to give Bayern a real test at the Etihad.
He continued by saying: "We've played a few years together and we also have four new players and they've improved the squad.
"We're definitely better this year than last. We don't have to think about the last two years because it's done.
"We didn't get out of the group but we have started this season in the Champions League very well and that's important for the team and the confidence.
"Now (we are) at home against the big rival in the group and we want to beat them and stay in the first position."
City and Bayern currently hold the top two positions in the group after winning their opening day European fixtures.