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http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/man_city/9358383.stm

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has wasted no time in stoking the fire between his new club and their cross-city rivals Manchester United.

The Bosnian joined City from Wolfsburg for a reported fee of £27m last week.

Speaking at a news conference, the 24-year-old said: "I hear a lot about the fans - that most of the people from Manchester are City fans."

Premier League leaders United are two points ahead of City in the table, with two games in hand.

Since billionaire Arab tycoon Sheikh Mansour completed his takeover in 2009, City's spending has eclipsed that of their local rivals at Old Trafford.

He is different from the other players we have. Now we have a good mix. I hope he can score a lot of goals like in Germany

City also angered United in the summer of 2009 by displaying a "Welcome to Manchester" poster on completing the transfer of Carlos Tevez from his advisors, the Argentine striker having spent the 2007-08 and 2008-09 campaigns on loan at United, who had deemed an asking price of £25m to be excessive.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson retorted by branding City a "small club" while later describing them as "noisy neighbours" after his side's controversial 4-3 derby victory in September 2009.

Dzeko's signing is further proof of City's financial clout and the striker added that he was relishing the prospect of playing for a club he believes are well equipped to match his own ambitions.

"I saw something else in Man City. It's a big club and I'm an ambitious player and I think we can have a lot of success together," he continued.

"It's a project. I need to say it's a very good team with a very good coach. It was three-and-a-half beautiful years with Wolfsburg and we had a lot of success, winning the league for the first time in our history.

"I was very happy there but I wanted to change, try something new and better and that's why I'm here."

City manager Roberto Mancini hailed the signing of the Bosnian international, who has scored 66 goals in 111 games in Germany, including 10 goals in 17 league games this season.
"I am very happy the club bought Dzeko," Italian Mancini stated. "I think he'll be a very important player for the future of this club.

"We wanted him in the summer because we knew he was the perfect player for us. He is different from the other players we have. Now we have a good mix. I hope he can score a lot of goals like in Germany.

"I think we spoke with him six months ago for the first time. We wanted to know if there was a chance to buy him but we do this now in January.

"It's important because now we are in a good position in the league. With one player like him we can improve in the Premier League and the Europa League. We have more chances in this moment."

Although Dzeko's signing is expected to trigger the departures of fellow strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz, the Bosnian will still form part of an impressive forward unit available to Mancini, alongside Jo, Mario Balotelli and Tevez.
 
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In all fairness the guy has a point.
 
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I don't understand why players don't keep their big mouth shut and do all the talking on the pitch.
 
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I don't understand why players don't keep their big mouth shut and do all the talking on the pitch.

agreed, as much as I hate ManU all he is doing is setting himself up for a fall. he should have a few games scored a few goals before opening in mouth
 
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Is it true? That City have more fans than United in Manchester
 
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When Man City start winning titles and trophies, then maybe he can start bragging. But at the moment, Man City are nowhere near as big as Man Utd, and probably will never have the success Man Utd have had. I'm not a Man Utd fan, but I have developed a lot of respect for them, and especially Fergie.
 
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no man utd have a much larger fan base :S :L
 
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It's hardly a taunt really is it, everyone knows that the majority of United fans don't live in Manchester
 
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Where in that article does he TAUNT United? He just says that he's glad to join City and sees potential in the team and club.
 
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Utd have a much bigger fanbase but it would be good to see how many live in Manchester comparred to City fans living in Manchester.
 
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I lol'd.

Said it before and I'll say it again, imo he will flop.

Kept so quiet by Pantsil and Aaron Hughes he was almost anonymous in the Fulham game last season.
 
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Man United do have the bigger fanbase, but they are globally supported so it wouldn't surprise me if there were more City fans in Manchester...
 
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Speaking at a news conference, the 24-year-old said: "I hear a lot about the fans - that most of the people from Manchester are City fans."
In all fairness the guy has a point.
Yes, he does.

I don't understand why players don't keep their big mouth shut and do all the talking on the pitch.
I don't understand with what's wrong with what he said?!

When Man City start winning titles and trophies, then maybe he can start bragging. But at the moment, Man City are nowhere near as big as Man Utd, and probably will never have the success Man Utd have had. I'm not a Man Utd fan, but I have developed a lot of respect for them, and especially Fergie.
He isn't bragging oO) He is saying what he knows in the sense that United fans don't come from Manchester. I fail to see where he is bragging, where he is taunting and ultimately, what is wrong with what he said.

no man utd have a much larger fan base :S :L
*Facepalm* Read the OP properly you goon.
 
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I lol'd.

Said it before and I'll say it again, imo he will flop.

Kept so quiet by Pantsil and Aaron Hughes he was almost anonymous in the Fulham game last season.
Hope he does, then he'll be crawling back to Wolfsburg :') My love.
 
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it was his unveiling press-conf. he just said what he thought. he didin't offend anybody.
 
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I dont mind if he scores 100 goals by the end of season. Those wont be on Arsenals goal.
 
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I don't understand with what's wrong with what he said?!

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He's just stoking the fire. It's a bit pointless and should really be concentrating on his football as he has only just arrived.
 
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I live in Manchester........:p

Just another £27million BENCH WARMER for Man City !!!

Plus, he doesnt seem to realise that the Premier League is much tougher than Bundesliga....He wont score half as many goals as he did for Wolfsburg, Vidic will crunch him !!!
 
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