Hitman issues warning to Mancini
Edin Dzeko has hinted that he could look to leave Manchester City if he continues to be a bit-part player at the Etihad Stadium.
The 26-year-old Bosnia international striker was backed by boss Roberto Mancini to be the man who would help fire City to the Premier League title when he joined in January 2011.
However, Dzeko struggled to force his way into the starting XI as Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez, when he returned from his self-imposed exile in Argentina, were all preferred ahead of him.
It left Dzeko having to settle for scraps, although he did manage to bag 14 goals including the late equaliser in the final game 3-2 win against QPR to help seal the title at the expense of Manchester United.
Dzeko is now looking ahead to the new season and feels he should have more involvement in the first-team or he will look assess his other options.
He said: "In the second half of last season, I suddenly got to start far fewer games - and I've got no idea why.
"I lost my rhythm. I joined City in order to play in matches. I never imagined that things would turn out the way they have. I am too good for the bench. If I continue to sit matches out, then anything is possible."