Dzeko reveals Serie A aspirations

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Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has given Inter some hope of signing him by admitting he has always wanted to play in Serie A.

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has unexpectedly stated that he would like to experience playing in Italy which may encourage Inter to move for him, although he also revealed his love of AC Milan.

Bosnian international Dzeko was reportedly top of the list of strikers Inter coach Walter Mazzarri would like to sign in the summer, but it appeared that the Nerazzurri would have no chance of luring him after his excellent second half of the season.

It has been reported that Inter have instead turned their attentions to Chelsea striker Fernando Torres in their bid to add a world-class marksman to the ranks.

But while Dzeko admits that Italian football is struggling at present, he has spoken of his affection for Serie A and his desire to play in the league one day.

"As a little boy the league I went to first was Serie A," the Manchester City man told the Corriere della Sera.

"I was a Milan supporter. In Italy they were the best players, it was the best show. The Premier League wasn't as popular.

"But now it is totally different. The perception we have of the Italian league is negative - lots of scandals, old stadiums which aren't the best and poor security. It's a real shame, even though my friend Miralem Pjanic always talks very highly of Roma.

"Manchester City are a great team. We've just won the title and want to do better in the Champions League next year. However, I have always thought it would be nice to experience playing in Serie A. I don't know when. Maybe I'll get to the age of 50 and the stadiums and sporting culture there will still need improvement."

While Dzeko's comments are likely to excite the Italian media, they don't appear to suggest he is considering quitting Man City for Inter any time soon.

Given Inter's budget and the fact they can only offer Europa League football next season, they may have to look elsewhere for more immediate reinforcements.

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