Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is delighted to see Stefan Jovetic enjoy an impressive start to the season, having turned down numerous approaches for the striker over the summer.
Arriving from Fiorentina last July for around £22 million, the 24-year-old managed just three goals in 11 league appearances during the 2013-14 season, with various injuries hampering his start to life in England.
Linked with a return to his former side as a result, as well as with Inter Millan, Jovetic, however, would shine during the club's pre-season tour of the USA, before earning a place in the starting XI for the new campaign.
Going on to net a brace in the 3-1 win over Liverpool, Pellegrini is pleased his faith in the Montenegrin international is being rewarded, after witnessing him endure a difficult first season at the Etihad.
‘A lot of teams wanted him this year but we have always said no,’ he told the Manchester Evening News. ‘He must stay here with our squad.
‘Not only for his goals, Stevan is working the whole game, without the ball also. He was very unlucky last season but we never have any doubt about his quality.
‘And I'm very happy for him to start this season in the way he is playing, because he deserved it after such an unlucky time that he had last season.’
|Team||Pos||Goals||Total Scoring Att||Big Chance Missed||Total Pass||Pass Acc||Touches||Unsuccessful Touch||Apps||Mins|
|Stevan Jovetic||Man City||FW||2||8||0||81||81.48%||108||0||2||153|
With Sergio Aguero soon to be back in the lineup after returning to full fitness, and Alvaro Negredo due back from his broken metatarsal in mid-October, Jovetic’s first-team opportunities might become restricted in the near future.
However, if he continues to demonstrate the form which was on show against Liverpool, then it will prove hard for Pellegrini to leave him out for long.