Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is keen to keep hold of Edin Dzeko and Jack Rodwell, according to The Independent.

With the World Cup in Brazil fast approaching in the summer, Dzeko will want to be playing regular football in the run up to the competition as Bosnia make their first appearance in the finals.

Bosnia will look to make it past the tricky Group F that consists of Argentina, Nigeria and Iran. Dzeko will play an important role in spearheading his nations progression in the tournament.

With Argentine superstar Sergio Aguero sidelined due to injury, Dzeko has a real chance to prove his worth and force his way into Pellegrini's starting eleven but it may prove a tricky task due to the arrival of Negredo.

The Spaniard, who attracted the attention of other top clubs before joining the blue side of Manchester in the summer, has established himself at City since joining from Sevilla.

The 60-year-old Chilean told the newspaper: "There was never any chance of Dzeko going in January. He is a very important player for the team. If you look at the last month I think Dzeko was one of the players that played the most minutes in December."

Jack Rodwell has not featured as much as he would have liked at City after his move from Everton back in August 2012.

The injury hit midfielder has failed to make his mark with the former champions however Pellegrini insists Rodwell will be staying put. Much like Dzeko, Rodwell will also be wanting to play regular first team football if he wants to travel with Roy Hodgson's men to Brazil.

The Independent believes that Pellegrini has shot down any suggestions that Rodwell could go out on loan. 

Whilst the manager is set on the pair staying, he has failed to reject claims that City are not looking to strengthen their already star studded squad

"For the moment, we are not talking about that but we are always analysing what we need and what we don't need," he concluded.

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