Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko claims his confidence has been renewed since the arrival of new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Dzeko has been in fine form in pre-season as he scored a brace against AC Milan in a 5-3 victory, having been much encouraged by Pellegrini who has promised to utilise the Bosnian more than his predecessor, Roberto Mancini.
The Chilean has described his player as a "top striker", backing him to recreate the goalscoring form at German outfit Wolfsburg where he caught the eyes of Europe's elite.
Since sealing a £27million move to Manchester City, Dzeko was used mainly as a bit-part player by former-City manager Mancini, who preferred Carlos Tevez then Sergio Aguero in an attacking role.
Despite his bit-part role, Dzeko was labelled a 'super-sub', scoring 30 goals in 76 Premier League appearances for City. However, the Bosnian was reported to be unhappy to be considered as a squad player and was linked with a move away from England.
But with the sacking of Mancini following a silverware barren campaign last season, Dzeko has said that he feels invigorated to be playing under former Malaga coach Pellegrini.
"I feel different, better. I feel I have more confidence, the manager gives me more confidence. That is an important thing," Dzeko is quoted by Sky Sports.
"I feel different, also because you know someone who is important has trusted you. It is good, for now it is looking good."
Dzeko faces stiff competition for a starting spot in a much bolstered City line-up, with big-money signings including Spanish shooter Alvaro Negredo and Montenegrin forward Stevan Jovetic, who lined up alongside Dzeko in their win against AC Milan.
Aguero is still probably Pellegrini's most favoured striker, and despite an injury starting last season with a stutter, the Argentinian is likely the most trusted man to fire City to title glory.
However, he will be keeping an eye not just for goal, but for those other forwards behind him.
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