Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has revealed he feels more confident following the arrival of new manager Manuel Pellegrini to the Etihad Stadium, according to the Independent.
The 27-year-old has enjoyed an impressive pre-season so far, adding to goals against Sunderland and South China, with a brace in City's recent 5-3 victory over AC Milan in the Audi Cup.
And the Bosnia and Herzegovina international believes he is in a more positive state of mind since the arrival of the new manager after former boss Roberto Mancini left the club at the back end of last season.
"I feel different, better. I feel I have more confidence, the manager gives me more confidence. That is an important thing," he said.
Pellegrini publicly backed the forward, referring to him as a "top striker", something that pleased Dzeko, and important for his development.
"Of course it is. I think you can see on the pitch how I play.
"I feel different, also because you know someone who is important has trusted you. It is good, for now it is looking good."
Dzeko made his name in Germany, where he helped Wolfsburg to the Bundesliga title in 2009 before completing a £27 million move to Manchester in 2011.
Despite limited first-team opportunities under Mancini, he still finished with 15 goals last term as the club failed to retain their Premier League crown.
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