Edin Dzeko is set to be the latest Manchester City player to be handed a new long-term contract as a five-year deal is set to be signed this week, reports the Express.
The Bosnian striker started in their routine 2-0 victory away at Newcastle, and set up David Silva's opener, something which delighted his boss Pellegrini.
Pellegrini pleased with Dzeko
The Chilean told reporters: "It's not strange for me to see him play like that- he finished last season very well. He has grown. He's a team player. I'm very happy for him"
His future looked in doubt under former manager Roberto Mancini, and was linked with a move south to either Arsenal or Chelsea, as well as a host of other clubs.
However, it now seems as if his future is at the Etihad.
"Today he was one of our best players, not just because of the way he created the first goal and worked hard but because he won a lot of headers and duels and held up the ball well," Pellegrini added.
"That's why we are renewing his contract here - he has a very important duty in our team"
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Dzeko, who signed for city for £27 million in 2010, joins the likes of Samir Nasri, Vincent Kompany, and Sergio Aguero in signing new deals at the Etihad.
Joe Hart and James Milner are reported to have new deals in the pipeline, with Aleksander Kolarov also recently signed up to a long term contract.
Since signing, Dzeko has scored 46 goals in 108 games, but has often had to settle for being backup to others, with Aguero and Alvaro Negredo leading the line last season.
However, with a downturn in form from Negredo towards the back end of the last campaign, and the injury he sustained in pre-season, the starting place we saw for Dzeko in the victory against Newcastle could be more of a regular occurrence.
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