Does £27m Manchester City striker need to force his way out?

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Edin Dzeko's path to the Etihad Stadium exit door has been blocked by manager Manuel Pellegrini.

The Bosnian has found appearances under Pellegrini hard to come by, with just one Premier League start to his name this season. Dzeko has also been an unused substitute in five Premier League games this season, as Pellegrini prefers to use Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo as his first choice strikeforce.

There have been rumours that Dzeko will seek a move away from Manchester City in the January Transfer Window, but former Malaga boss Pellegrini moved to quash the speculation.

"No, that is not the case. 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."

With the World Cup approaching, Dzeko needs to find form ahead of Bosnia's campaign, where the 27 year old will be the star turn for Safet Susic's side. The former Wolfsburg striker now needs to force a move, with Pellegrini standing in his way. The January Transfer Window is the perfect opportunity for Dzeko to to move away and find first team football. A return to Bundesliga could be on the cards, with reports linking him with Borussia Dortmund as Robert Lewandowski's replacement.

Dzeko earned his reputation in Germany with Wolfsburg, where he scored 85 goals in 142 games before his £27m move to the Etihad Stadium in 2011. Whilst he hasn't been able to replicate that sort of form in Manchester, he was a reliable player under Roberto Mancini who simply hasn't been given the chance to impress under Pellegrini.

Should Dzeko manage to find his way out of Manchester, he would have six months to find his form and fitness ahead of the World Cup, but with Stevan Jovetic suffering a number of injuries, it's understandable for Pellegrini to want to keep Dzeko in his squad. If he can't force a move before the January deadline, he could then use the World Cup as something of an opportunity to put himself in the shop window.

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