Manchester City latest: Demichelis linked with exit; reason for striker’s form given

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If Manchester City do go on to win the Premier League this season they will be very grateful to Edin Dzeko, who has stepped up in the absence of Sergio Aguero, scoring 20 goals to date.

And in quotes published by the Mirror, City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain has revealed what he believes is the reason for the Bosnian front-man’s resurgence.

I came here one year and three months ago, and I am seeing a different player,” the Spaniard said.

And I have to say that the talent was there, all the qualities were there, but now he has the confidence from the manager.”

Back at the start of the season Manuel Pellegrini gave his backing to Dzeko and it has clearly paid off.

In other news, Talk Sport have picked up on reports from Italy claiming Napoli are interested in Martin Demichelis.

Citing Tuttosport, the story claims the Argentine is on Rafa Benitez’s wish-list this summer.

Demichelis has come in for much criticism since his summer arrival, with some of his performances deemed not of the required standard. And with Pellegrini almost certain to sign at least one new centre-back this summer, it would be no surprise to see one of his current defenders leave.

And finally, City’s under-18s won 3-0 away to Wolves earlier today.

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