Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has ruled out the possibility of Arsenal target Edin Dzeko being sold in the January transfer window, reports Sky Sports.
The Bosnia international has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks, as he continues to find playing time limited at the Etihad Stadium, despite his promising early season form.
With Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo establishing a strong partnership at the sharp end of the Citizens' attack, Dzeko has found regular action difficult to come by, and has not started a Premier League game since the end of September.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in bringing the 27-year-old to the Emirates Stadium, offering the striker - who has scored seven goals in 14 appearances in all competitions in 2013/14 - an escape route from Manchester City.
However, Pellegrini insists that he has no desire to sell Dzeko at the turn of the year, and hopes the former Wolfsburg star will not be unsettled by rumours linking him with the likes of Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan.
"No, that is not the case [that Dzeko could be sold]," explained the Chilean coach. "I put my trust in him before the season and I have just as much trust in him now.
"It is very important for this club to have a good squad because we have a lot of games to play from now until April and, if we want to win trophies, we need important players.
"Maybe at the moment he is not playing as much as he would like, but he remains an important part of the squad."
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