Edin Dzeko: New boss has boosted me
Edin Dzeko said Manuel Pellegrini has made him a different player by boosting his confidence.
New Manchester City manager Pellegrini has said Dzeko, 27 - often a substitute under previous boss Roberto Mancini - is his first-choice striker for the coming season.
The Bosnian has responded by scoring four goals in City's last three pre-season friendlies, including two in Wednesday’s 5-3 win over AC Milan in the Audi Cup.
He told City's official website: "I feel different, better. I just feel that I have more confidence and that the manager gives me more confidence and that is an important thing.
"I feel different because someone who is important has trust in you, and that is good."
Dzeko reflected on a remarkable match against Milan, in which all eight goals were scored in the first half, saying: "I have to say we played unbelievably.
"It was an amazing game in the first half-hour, when we scored five goals. The last 15 minutes in the first half, I don't know what happened - we lost concentration [and conceded three goals], and it can't happen again."
His strike partner Stevan Jovetic made his first appearance for City since his £24 million move from Fiorentina, and Dzeko said he had been impressed with what he saw.
He added: "It was his first game for City, and he showed he will be a big name for us in the season."