The Bosnian striker is hoping to face his friend when the two sides meet on New Year's Day, but admits that if he does start it will be a difficult match with the Stoke goalkeeper in "fantastic form".
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"It will be a tough game, especially against my good friend Asmir. He is in fantastic form.
"Stoke have the best keeper in the league. I knew him before he came to play for the national team.
"I know him better than most people because I have trained with him and [he] is a great keeper who will go on and play for a bigger team."
Manchester City host Stoke on New Year's Day, while title rivals Manchester United face a trip to Wigan, as they sit seven points clear at the top of the table.