Dzeko slams Mancini – but he isn’t playing under Pellegrini either…

Manchester City's Bosnian striker has hit out at his former manager, but his current situation under a new boss isn't much better.

Edin Dzeko has revealed that he was not happy at Manchester City last season due to the lack of chances he was given to play under Roberto Mancini.

The Bosnian forward has criticised the Italian manager for a lack of trust.

“When the new coach arrived, the chairman asked me, informally, whether I was now happy,” Dzeko said.

“The question arose because I had complained to him a few times about the former coach and my situation at the club.

“There was only one major issue with Mancini and that was because of my dissatisfaction with my role as a player.

“When I spoke to the chairman it did not happen in front of the whole team. He was aware that I didn’t feel happy about what had happened to me over the last two years.

“This was only because I did not spend enough time on the field.”

Despite Mancini being the man to bring Dzeko to England in January 2011, the eastern European attacker has questioned his fleeting use during the former City manager’s tenure.

“At times, I believe that the coach failed to appreciate me as much as I thought I deserved, especially as there were many matches when I knew I had played very well,” Dzeko continued.

“There was one game when I scored four goals and yet still I was left sitting on the bench for the next game. Surely that couldn’t be right.

“I can’t say why Mancini did it. We discussed it many times, but our opinions seemed to always differ.

“I was in a very difficult position. In a way, I didn’t want to complain because he (Mancini) took me to England and gave me the opportunity to play in the best league in the world.”

Dzeko concluded by stating that he was much happier under new boss Manuel Pellegrini.

“Pellegrini is good. Personally I am happy with him and, more importantly, all my team-mates are happy as well,” Dzeko said.

“He has introduced something new to the team, both in terms of the game we play and our off-the-field activities as well.

“He has restored our confidence and I am sure the next few seasons will be better than the last one.

“Every player wants to be in the starting 11 every week. Pellegrini brought Negredo with him from Spain, which implies that he must give him a chance to show his potential.

“There will be many matches ahead for us to fight for a position at the club.

“I don’t feel threatened by Negredo. It just raises the bar in terms of competition and it’s up to me to fight - and I will do so.

“I have never given up anything in my life so I certainly won’t be giving up now.”

Ironically, despite initially being the Chilean boss’ first-choice number nine, Dzeko has now been replaced by Negredo from the start in most recent games.

The Spaniard started for City in the 7-0 rout of Norwich on Saturday, and Negredo has been selected for six Premier League games this term, compared to Dzeko’s four.

With the former Sevilla man striking up an excellent partnership with Sergio Aguero, it appears that despite his criticism of Mancini, Dzeko is in the same position now as he was under his former manager.

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