Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko on Wednesday signed a new four-year contract which will keep him at the reigning English Premier League champions until at least 2018. The Bosnia and Herzegovinan international's current deal had only ten months to run and manager Manuel Pellegrini's determination to keep the striker was fully justified by his performance as City beat Newcastle United 2-0 on Sunday.
"I'm really happy here at City - it's a second home to me so it was an easy decision to stay for the long-term," Dzeko told the City website. "I knew from the beginning when I started here that I wanted to stay for a long time -- I can't see any place better than here."
"I'm settled perfectly to life here, I know my team-mates, the club, the team, very well and I feel like I can improve even more. Over the last three-and-a-half years we've made history together but I feel like we are only at the start of something really special. There are still so many objectives and goals that I want to reach from my career in the game and I believe I am in the perfect place to achieve them all."
Dzeko has scored 66 goals for City including the equaliser against Queens Park Rangers on the last day of the 2011/12 season, which paved the way for Sergio Aguero to hit the stoppage-time championship-winning goal. Pellegrini had been full of praise for the 28-year-old - who joined City from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg for £27m in 2011 - after his crucial role at St James' Park at the weekend.
Dzeko created the opening goal for David Silva and the second came in stoppage time from one of his rivals for a place in the City forward line, substitute Aguero. "It's not strange for me to see him play like that because he finished last season playing very well. He has grown. He's a team player," said Pellegrini. "I'm very happy for him. That's why he is renewing his contract here -- he has a very important duty in our team."