Edin Dzeko: Players join Manchester City for the glory, not for the money

The Bosnian says everyone wants to play football like Roberto Mancini’s side after their 5-1 win against Tottenham, but admits that he is still not certain of his starting place
By Wayne Veysey | Chief correspondent

Edin Dzeko has claimed that top players are attracted to Manchester City by glory and not money.

Roberto Mancini's team demolished Tottenham 5-1 at White Hart Lane on Sunday with a display that will have sent shudders through the rest of the Premier League.

Dzeko scored four goals and combined to lethal effect with £23 million City debutant Samir Nasri, who set up three goals after finally completing a protracted move that had angered Arsenal fans who accused the Frenchman of greed.

"Everyone when they speak about Manchester City only talks about how we spend money," Dzeko said. "Of course, we spend but other teams spend as well. I think we showed today what we can do. When you play football like that, it is amazing and everyone wants to play football like that.

"Samir Nasri showed today he will be fantastic for us. He set up the first two for me and will be fantastic for us."

Nevertheless, the striker, who has scored seven goals in four games this season, insists there is more to come from a side that have won new admirers for the manner in which they have won all three of their league games.

Dzeko said: "We can play even better and we want to improve every game. You can always play better, even though I feel very happy because we played like a fantastic team. To win 5-1 away to Tottenham is something."

The former Wolfsburg striker, who revealed that the match ball will take pride of place at his home in Bosnia, believes City are benefiting from the competition within the squad. Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli were among the substitutes who did not figure on Sunday.

"Nobody is guaranteed to start," explained Dzeko. "That is why we are very strong. We don't have only 11 good players. We have 22 or even more. There could be more than 60 games this year and everybody will get a chance."

Dzeko said he never gave up hope of making a big impression at City despite a troubled start at the club following his £27m January transfer. He scored just two league goals last season and only six in total as he struggled to nail down a regular starting place.

"The beginning was hard and I know that. I said before that I wanted to have pre-season with the coach and the team. Now I know the league better and everything," he added.

"I feel quite strong and better than last season. I never felt I had made the wrong move. It all felt right after we won the FA Cup for the first time in 35 years. It was something amazing for me and for the club."

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