Mancini: Dzeko unlikely to leave

  • Last Updated: August 6 2012, 10:33 BST

Roberto Mancini says it is 'pretty unlikely' that Edin Dzeko will leave Manchester City, despite the striker's own comments regarding his future.

Edin Dzeko: Striker is 'pretty unlikely' to leave Man City

Dzeko has been linked with a summer exit from the Etihad Stadium after struggling to establish himself in the starting line-up in the second half of last season.

He has been mooted as a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic at AC Milan, while Italian champions Juventus are also reported to be keen.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international appeared to further fuel rumours of a departure when he confirmed his interest in playing in Serie A after City's friendly against his former club Wolfsburg on Saturday.

"I always follow the Italian league and one day I'd like to play in it," Dzeko is quoted in the Manchester Evening News. "I also know that Milan has sold two of its best players.

"For now I am a City player, but to be sure I will stay here I will have to wait until the end of the month. I'll see what happens, and if someone else comes."

However, with Mancini yet to bring in any new strikers this summer, the City boss is not expecting Dzeko to move on from the Premier League champions.

"It's pretty unlikely he will leave," Mancini told Sky Sport Italia after Dzeko had scored twice in Sunday's 4-0 friendly win over Limerick.

"He is right to say it's no fun being on the bench but when you join a big club then competition is normal."