Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini wants to keep hold of striker Edin Dzeko.

The Mirror says the £27million Bosnian striker seemed certain to depart the Etihad this summer after falling out of favour with Roberto Mancini last season.

But Pellegrini has told the club that he believes Dzeko can have a future at City. The 59-year-old is planning talks with the 6ft 4ins striker once he has been officially ­unveiled as Mancini's successor this week.

And, if Dzeko indicates that he is ready to fight for his place, the Chilean will keep him at the club.